Lewis Building shortlisted for BCO Award
We are delighted that the Lewis Building has been shortlisted for ‘Best Refurbished /Recycled Workplace’ in the BCO Midlands and Central England Awards.
The landmark building set within the vibrant Colmore Business District of Birmingham was originally constructed in the 1920’s by philanthropist and innovator David Lewis as the Lewis department store. As one of the grand historic buildings of Birmingham, it was famed for the bell boys and it’s roof top playground with wild animals. It brought a taste of 34th Street New York and class to Birmingham which was lost when it was remodelled in the 1990’s for office use.
The grandeur and style of the original Lewis department store has since been restored through a clever new entrance, with a new canopy and double height window bays. The entrance is clearly legible within the main facade, and complements the original stone fenestration.
Waterman was appointed by Legal and General to provide Building Services and Structural Engineering design and worked closely with EPR Architects and AECOM (QS) to give the building a new identity, founded on its heritage.
Respecting its best qualities, new elements have been creatively incorporated into the building to achieve an exemplary office accommodation with the services and facilities that modern occupiers require.
The core was re-configured to provide the most efficient layout to accommodate a higher proportion of facilities. A new 7th floor was added to the building and has been designed to open into the Minories arcade that enables the terrace space to be used all year round.
The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM certified rating of ‘Very Good’ and the performance has been improved to EPC Grade B.
The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 26th April at Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square.