Building-Conservation-York-Council-RCIS-awards-October-2013A year after the completion of the £32m York West Offices development for the City of York Council, Buccleuch Property and S Harrison Developments continue to win a number of local and national property, design, sustainability and surveying awards for this prestigious development.

Last week at the National Railway Heritage Awards, writer and television personality Loyd Grossman presented the companies with the Key Publishing Modern Railways Restoration Award for the York West Offices development which successfully transformed the city’s historic mid-19th century station into a modern office development.

This is the latest in a raft of awards won by the development this year including the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards’ Project of the Year, a Green Apple Gold Award presented by Doreen Lawrence in recognition of West Offices’ sustainable credentials, The Lord Mayor’s Award in the York Design Awards with particular praise for the excellent ‘urban design’ of the building, a Property Insider Award for restoration and refurbishment and a LABC (Local Authority Building Control) award.

The development which saw the transformation of York’s Grade II listed railway station into a modern BREEAM office headquarters for the council, is also in contention for a 2014 Civic Trust Award and pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra award.

Sandy Smith, Buccleuch Property’s development director, says the latest awards are the icing on the cake as the Edinburgh-headquartered company celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

“We’ve been involved in a number of high-profile developments this year; however our partnership with Harrison has been exemplary.   This was a tough brief from York Council, but because of the fantastic team effort, we were able to deliver to a high standard on time and on budget a project which has exceeded all expectations.”

Ann Scott, Managing Director of S Harrison Developments, says the partnership with Buccleuch Property on the 150,000 sq ft office complex was extremely fruitful.

“This development has provided a model of good practice for co-operative working between client, professionals, contractors, conservation and planning authorities and the people working in this landmark council headquarters.  We would certainly welcome the opportunity to work with Buccleuch Property again should the opportunity arise.”