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Sustainable Design Awards

About the Awards

The SDC Awards for Sustainability within the office workplace sector are designed to champion ‘best practice’ and highlight innovations.


The awards took place for the first time at the Sustainable Design Forum (held at The Crypt on the Green on 25th April 2023), during the evening networking event at the end of the day’s activities and were hosted by Nigel Tresise (Director & Founder at align interior architecture and design) and Gurvinder Khurana (Director at M Moser).

2023 Judges

Nicola Osborn,
Creative Director at Basha-Franklin

Phidias Leonida,
Creative Director at One Dot Four Ltd.

Julie Lecoq,
Associate, Strategy at Unispace

Mathew Freeman,
Director at Freeman Studio & President at British Institute of Interior Design

Kim​ Gault,
Senior Sustainability Consultant at Cundall

Adam Strudwick,
Principal at Perkins&Will

John Hubbard,
Technical Consultant at FIRA International Ltd

Joanna Knight,

Harsha Kotak,
WOD & K2 Space

Megan Royston,
Principal at Adamson Associates & BCO Member & Technical Affairs Committee

2023 Winners: Innovation

The award was presented to Recoup Design. This emerging enterprise was selected for its approach of salvaging, restoring & repurposing materials for commercial interiors. The contribution to social value was particularly outstanding through paid work placements through collaboration with charities, such as Crisis.


2050 Materials platform
Crown Workplace’s Sustainable Workplace Change Service
IOBAC adhesive-free flooring installation tabs

2023 Winners: Fit Out Project​

Space Invader was announced the winner. The judges were impressed with how the design expertly supported a hybrid working philosophy. Refurbishment was selected rather than new build and the design team really focussed on a combined approach to environmental, wellbeing and social purpose issues.


Apteriors Ltd for Reds10’s HQ, the Metal Box Factory
Bureau Group for x+y Foundry, 6 Brindley Place, Birmingham
HLW International for Kingfisher’s Padding Square offices

2023 Winners: Products

Eco Alombra workplace tapestries was selected as the winner. This is an amazing collaboration between a collective of Nicaraguan women supported by Casa Congo and Unispace. Leveraging social design to upcycle waste, empower women and alleviate poverty, the project creates beautiful tapestries made from collected plastic waste. The group used a wonderful strap line – “una bolsa menos, una tortuga mas!” (one less bag, one more turtle!).


Modus Furniture’s Edge Free seating
Matek material made from waste from Mater
Rezign material from PlanQ

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