British Council for Offices Awards

Clinton Devon Estates wins top regional honours at the British Council for Offices Awards

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British Council for Offices Awards

Clinton Devon Estates' Rolle Estate Office at Bicton Arena, Budleigh Salterton in Devon has won the South of England and South Wales regional award in the Small Projects category from the UK's leading office industry organisation, the British Council for Offices (BCO).

The awards were presented at the annual BCO awards ceremony held last week (Tuesday, 7th October 2008) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane.

Over 1,500 property professionals gathered to celebrate design, best practice and innovation in the UK office sector and to witness the building scoop the award.

The British Council for Offices Awardes, now in their seventeeth year, are presented to projects in six categories: Corporate Workplace, Commercial Workplace, Refurbished/Recycled Workplace, Fit-out of Workplace, Small Projects and Innovation.

In presenting the award, the judges said that vision and courage had driven the plans to develop the estate office within the Grade 1 listed Bicton Park to accommodate 70 staff as well as private and public meetings, conferences and hospitality.  Its self-sustaining features, such as a woodchip boiler system, passive cooling design, natural ventilation and solar control makes it "truly a building in harmony with the surrounding environment".  The carbon footprint has been reduced by 75% from the former estate office.

In conclusion, the judges commented:  "It is imperative that projects such as this are encouraged and the best examples of design, construction and services applied more widely.  Clinton Devon Estates should be applauded for its imagination and investment."

Chairman of the judges Ron German commented:  "The judges were looking for excellence in architecture, clarity of purpose from those commissioning the building, ingenuity of the product, clever design solutions, delivery on time and budget and that special aspect of a project that makes it a delightful and productive place to work.

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892