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Jones Lang LaSalle Project & Development Services team helps Microsoft scoop National BCO Award

For Microsoft Building 5, Thames Valley Business Park, Reading

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project & Development Services team helped Microsoft’s office, Building 5 located at Thames Valley Business Park in Reading to scoop the British Council for Offices (BCO) Office Fit-Out Award at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House on 6th October.  This win follows the scheme’s previous success in May 2009 at BCO’s first dedicated South West and South Wales Award in the Regional heats.

Jones Lang LaSalle has been project manager on Microsoft’s Building 5 from inception to completion and occupation.  Pringle Brandon architects and Workplace Designs consultants, also responsible for the interior design, played a key role in achieving the Award along with the project team including: TP Bennett, designers of the base guild and Category A elements, M&E Engineer - Hoare Lea and fit-out contractor – ISG (Interior Services Group).

Pringle Brandon, designed the 8,000 sq m headquarters which can accommodate up to 800 staff.  The building design was planned to improve flexibility, collaboration, technology and identity, which in turn will aid staff attraction retention and productivity. The project also involved a culture shift away from cube-style desks to open-plan benches which offer efficiency and ease of configuration and encourage short ad hoc meetings.  The impact on the environment was an important consideration both during construction and for on-going operations. Efforts were made in using recyclable, low carbon technology and sustainable materials during fit-out rather than as an afterthought.

Despite the economic downturn, a record number of entries were received this year. The judges noted the high quality of entries from across the region, and hailed the winners as being buildings which embrace sustainable practices 'as standard', alongside delivering an exceptionally high occupier experience.
Mike Tiplady, Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project & Development Services team said; "Microsoft Building 5 embodies best practice in development and design.  The scheme uses innovative ideas to assist flexible and changing work practices, and increases the value of the facility and its capacity to serve a working population.”

Patrick Morrisey, BCO Judging Chair for the South West and South Wales, said; “The winners have all demonstrated how the design and finished building can have a great and beneficial impact on the end-user occupier experience.  The Microsoft Building in Thames Valley Business Park, Reading, is an excellent example of providing a catalyst for organisational and cultural change, through creating new spaces which deliver improved flexibility and staff collaboration.”