Bristol City Council’s BWP programme including the transformed City Hall was a winner at yesterday’s ‘The Way We Work’ awards, presented by the Cabinet Office at a ceremony at the BT Tower in London.

PLACEmaking's Alison White with Bristol City Council's Richard Billingham

tw3-winnerThe awards celebrate excellence in work transformation and recognise achievements across the Civil Service. The One Public Estate award is new for 2017, and was created to celebrate local and central government bodies working in partnership to deliver a better service and/ or a smarter ways of working for their employees.

‘ADAPT’ – a multi-skilled collection of Bristol area-based specialist workplace consultants and designers, architects and engineers founded by PLACEmaking and Alec French Architects in 2013 specifically to undertake Bristol City Council’s ‘Bristol Workplace Programme (BWP)’ – was commissioned and successfully delivered its ambitious three year programme of change.

By enabling the council staff and partners to work in more efficient and effective ways, the programme reduced the council’s office estate from 38 buildings to two, including the recently refurbished Grade II* listed City Hall and more modern 100 Temple Street buildings. The 3-year programme was delivered within budget and has delivered savings of £125 million.

PLACEmaking led on the transformation of the working environments, the interior architectural design and the cultural change management. Alec French Architects led on the planning, building works and infrastructure upgrades with specialist input from ARUP, Gardiner & Theobald and Bath based conservation specialists Donald Insall Associates.