A landmark office building in Birmingham city centre has won a prestigious regional property award today.
Industry experts from the British Council for Offices have named Two Snowhill as best commercial workplace at its Midlands and East Anglia awards at an event held at Birmingham Town Hall.
The building, which suffered a troubled birth and stood half completed for two and half years due to funding problems, will now go forward to the national finals in October when it will compete against other regional winners from across England and Scotland.
Judges praised the building, which started welcoming in new tenants last year and will eventually house law firm Wragge & Co, for "combining innovative design and energy efficient features" as well as unrivalled facilities set around five public spaces.
Two Snowhill was developed by Hines and Ballymore and is the largest office complex outside of the capital since 2007.
The awards recognise top quality office design and functionality and today's ceremony was attended by more than 300 people.
The West Midlands also scored a second winner at the event with Seco Tools' headquarters in Alcester, Warwickshire, being named best corporate workplace.
Designed by Wylde Interior Architecture and housed on Springfield Business Park, judges commended the project for successfully blending a specialist industrial production facility with an environment which fostered collaborative working and knowledge sharing.
The other winners from the ceremony were the Council House, in Derby (refurbished/recycled workplace); Alconbury Incubator Building, in Cambridgeshire (projects up to 2,000 sq metres); and PwC's offices in Norwich (fitout of workplace).
BCO chief executive Richard Kauntze said: "This year's awards are testament to the quality and distinction of new office development in the Midlands and East Anglia.
"Birmingham is the location for this year's BCO Conference in May, and our members are looking forward to visiting the city and seeing some of the buildings that are leading the way in both innovation and design."