1 Angel Square wins BREEAM People's Choice Award
The Co-operative Group’s One Angel Square headquarters in Manchester has won the people’s vote to take the Your BREEAM Award, alongside a string of prestigious winners in the BREEAM Awards 2014. This special award was decided by an open online poll of Building4change readers.
One Angel Square was among the projects, businesses and people recognised at the annual BREEAM Awards ceremony at Ecobuild. The awards celebrate the best performing buildings of 2013 assessed under BREEAM. BREEAM is now used in more than 70 countries around the world, and the awards shortlist included several high profile overseas projects.
This year saw a new format to select the award winners. Previously, awards were given to the building with the highest score in each category. This year, a panel of eminent industry judges selected the winners from a shortlist of the five highest scoring buildings in each section. The judges were: Alan Yates, BRE Global (chair); Cat Hirst, UKGBC; Claudine Blamey, The Crown Estate; Phil Heenan, Cabinet Office; and Hywel Davies, CIBSE. Their decision was based on the particular circumstances, challenges and achievements of each development as well as the very high BREEAM scores achieved.
Projects from the UK and France have triumphed in 2014. At the gala event at Ecobuild, compered by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, UK projects won six of the scheme categories. The BREEAM Retail and BREEAM In-Use categories were both won by projects in France, with the latter showing an all-French shortlist, highlighting the country's remarkable uptake of BREEAM In-Use.