Aukett Swanke Group has announced that Verde SW1, the building completed for Tishman Speyer in London's Victoria earlier this year, won awards for Best Office Development and Best Office Architecture at the UK Property Awards. Aukett Swanke said: 'Verde SW1 has 282,000sq.ft of Grade 'A' office space, and features a dramatic triple height reception, roof gardens totalling 20,000sq.ft and a dedicated cycle access ramp. 'This all contributed to the success in letting the building with occupancy approaching 90% and tenants including Dimension Data, Pret a Manger and Waitrose. 'The level of demand is evidence of the design excellence and commercial appeal of the building.' The group said the building, which was redeveloped from the former Eland House, retained 80% of the existing structure and saved 11,600 tonnes of carbon in development. It added: 'These characteristics, along with the building's BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, have lent the development excellent environmental credentials, which have also increased its appeal to potential occupiers.' Group chief executive Nicholas Thompson said: 'It gives us enormous pleasure to report on the plaudits from our peers for the work being produced within our studio for yet another major building in the West End, this time for Tishman Speyer. 'Its appeal to occupiers follows in the footsteps of another recent completion with the Adelphi Building for Blackstone having achieved 100 % occupancy just over one month ago.'
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