Doncaster Council offices lose out to The Shard for best building honour

Doncaster Civic Offices, part of the Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter
Doncaster Civic Offices, part of the Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter

Doncaster’s new civic offices have lost out after going head to head with The Shard in London for a prestigious building award.

Following its regional success when it walked away with the ‘Winner Amongst Winners’ crown at the South Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Building Control awards earlier this year, the striking five-storey building took part in the national finals held in London.

But the offices in Sir Nigel Gresley Square lost out to the iconic 87 storey glass skyscraper, with a hotel at Butlins’ Bognor Regis resort as well as a Norfolk hospital and scores of other buildings nationwide also in the running.

The imposing office is home to about 1,600 council staff, offers the public a one-stop shop for council services and forms a key part of Doncaster Council’s and Muse Developments’ £300m Civic and Cultural Quarter which is transforming the Waterdale area.

Coun Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The new civic office is a flagship building and is saving money whilst helping to rejuvenate Waterdale and transform the urban landscape. To be competing against the likes of the Shard for national awards is a feather in our cap and shows the quality of this building and the wider CCQ development.”