Herman Miller Factory redevelopment wins Michelmores Property Award

By Nick Batten on 23 November, 2020

The re-development of the former Herman Miller Factory into the Locksbrook Campus of Bath Spa University has been recognised at the 2020 Michelmores’ Property Awards.

Hosted by law firm Michelmores – which has offices in Exeter, Bristol and London – the Michelmores Property Awards celebrate excellence in the construction sector across the South West region. Now in their 18th-year, the awards were led by former Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Chris Bentley via a virtual ceremony earlier this month.

Locksbrook Campus, part of Bath Spa University, took the top award in the ‘Heritage Project of the Year’ category. The development has transformed the listed Herman Miller Factory, built-in 1976 and designed by renowned architect Nicholas Grimshaw, into a creative facility for art and design students. The reimagined site has breathed new life and vigour into this much revered and iconic building with a sympathetic and exciting restoration that benefits the local community as well as the students.

In addition to the Locksbrook Campus, the winning projects included:

  • Chi Winder and ChiVesta, Redruth
  • Kresen Kernow, Redruth
  • The Copper Building, Bristol
  • The Wave, Bristol
  • Seaton Beach, Seaton, Devon
  • Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Paignton
  • West Carclaze Garden Village, St Austell

Commenting on the scheme, Emma Honey, Head of Property at Michelmores, said, “The South West’s property and construction industry has shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with during the past eight months. We have all experienced a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty – yet our industry and those working within it are showing great resilience. There has never been a better time to celebrate what is great about the South West’s property and construction industry and this scheme represents such excellence in the industry.”

Architect Rachel Bell, who joined the panel of judges at this year’s awards, added, “The Locksbrook Campus scheme is a very distinctive building with really innovative ideas and a great community spirit. Congratulations to the team involved in this impressive re-development.”

Pictured above: The Locksbrook Campus at Bath Spa University