Berghaus wins national award for office refurbishment

Sunderland-based Berghaus has won a prestigious national award for Best Fit Out of Workplace in the 2016 British Council for Offices Awards, presented at a ceremony in London this week.

The awards celebrate excellence in the built workplace and Berghaus picked up the national prize for its Sunderland office, after already securing the regional accolade for the north of England.

The refurbishment began early in 2014 and was completed in December 2015.  The work involved major upgrades to both floors of the HQ, which was built in 1999 and can accommodate up to 140 staff. 

The project was led by the company’s HR director, Sarah Middleton, with regular input from representatives of departments across the business.  Interior design work and planning was managed by Katie Greenyer, creative director at parent company Pentland Brands, and the project architect was London company Rock Townsend.

Richard Leedham, Berghaus brand president, said: “We are delighted to accept this major national award, which I believe is richly deserved by the fantastic team that worked on the refurbishment, both in house, from our parent company Pentland and at Rock Townsend. 

“We closely involved employees at every stage of the project and they really did help to shape what we did to the building.  The result is that here in the North East we are able to develop and market cutting edge outdoor products in truly world-class headquarters.  It is a wonderful environment in which to work and I think that the company and the region can take great pride in this.”

Richard Kauntze, chief executive of the BCO, said: “This project perfectly exemplifies what can be achieved with the creative re-use of an existing building and its spaces.  Despite being a rather typical out of town office building of its period, the project team were unhindered in transforming the building, in a cost effective way, into a modern working environment to be proud of.”