The Sharp Project wins national innovation award
The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital content production complex was named ‘the UK’s most innovative workspace’ at the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) national awards in London this week.
The 200, 000 sq ft refurbished warehouse, designed by PRP Architects and opened in 2011, picked up the award in the Innovation category. The Sharp Project now houses more than 50 companies who specialise in digital content production from tech start-ups to big brand names such as JD Sports
The judges commented that; “Without the creator’s innovation this industrial site would have rotted and become another derelict industrial eyesore. But instead the occupants are now able to experience a unique blend of creative and thought provoking spaces that are easily adaptable as business practices change, grow or contract. The environment encourages the occupiers to collaborate, as well as compete with each other for business.”
Sue Woodward OBE, Founder of The Sharp Project said: “Given that we were up against some of the most expensive and prestigious buildings in the UK this is an amazing award to win. Innovation is today’s buzz word – but it is actually very hard to achieve for real. This is what our architects PRP did. Alistair Weir and James Hackett were able to take what was in my head and make it real. They are a fantastic, talented pair of innovative architects. The Sharp Project’s design is now copied elsewhere – we created a trend!”
Alistair Weir, Director of PRP’s Manchester office added: “It’s fantastic to get this national recognition for what we achieved at The Sharp Project here in Manchester. PRP is privileged to have worked with Sue Woodward, shaping her vision for converting the former industrial units into a new type of workspace that responds to what modern directional companies need and how they operate. The success would not have been possible without her tremendous support and the forward thinking backing of Manchester City Council.”
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