Two striking new buildings in Middlesbrough have been named the best new developments in North East England.
Boho One and Bohouse, in Bridge Street West, were the overall winners in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s North East Awards 2011.
The awards recognise and celebrate good planning practice in the North East.
The buildings, which are described as “bold and innovative” by the RTPI judges, beat entries from Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Stockton and Redcar.
Boho One and Bohouse won the overall award which recognises originality, sustainability, quality of work and design among other criteria.
Boho One is the flagship building for Middlesbrough’s Digital City project and is the base for digital, media and creative businesses and entrepreneurs.
It has 3,200sqm of high quality office space and an environment which encourages networking between businesses.
Bohouse, which sits alongside BohoOne, comprises 20 Live/Work units to allow entrepreneurs to have the flexible space in which to start up digital and creative businesses.
Bohouse was developed by Erimus Housing and received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
They are part of the Boho Zone and the wider regeneration of the St Hilda’s area and are situated close to Middlesbrough Train Station.
Both projects were designed by xsite architecture, drawing on the Masterplan for Greater Middlehaven, by Alsop Architects for Tees Valley Regeneration, Middlesbrough Council and English Partnerships.
The judges found the buildings display key principles of sustainability.
Boho One utilises a ground source heat pump and wind turbines, natural lighting and ventilation.
“Their striking contemporary design sets a new quality standard for the area,” the judges commented.
The Digital City initiative has been developed with involvement from potential users, the University of Teesside and Digital City Business.
Planning officers were central to bringing all partners together.
The judges added: “The schemes both have a regional significance as sustainable business initiatives, helping to make the Boho Zone and Greater Middlehaven a leading example of good practice for regeneration professionals to visit.”
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is a huge plaudit for Boho One and Bohouse and illustrates what a superb addition they are to the town architecturally and economically.
“The quality of the buildings was crucial to attracting start-up businesses and graduates to stay and prosper in Middlesbrough and the architects really got it right.
“The judges were clear that Boho One and Bohouse are now leading examples for others to follow.”