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Sustainable Design Awards

The Sustainable Design Forum – hosted on 25th April at Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell – provided the venue for the announcement of the winners of this year’s Sustainable Design Awards.


Following a humorous and entertaining introduction by Works magazine’s editor, Mick Jordan, the evening’s programme of events was hosted by the ‘power couple of design’, Gurvinder Khurana of M Moser and Associates with Align Interior Architecture & Design’s founder, Nigel Tresise.


The Awards are organised by the Sustainable Design Collective and designed to champion ‘best practice’ and highlight innovations leading to greater sustainability within the office workplace. Each entry was independently judged by a panel of 10 industry experts against specified criteria.

2024 Judges

Joanna Knight,

Phidias Leonida,
Creative Director at One Dot Four Ltd.

Julie Lecoq,
Associate, Strategy at Unispace

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

Kim​ Gault,
Senior Sustainability Consultant at Cundall

Adam Strudwick,
Principal at Perkins&Will

John Hubbard,
Technical Consultant at FIRA International Ltd

Mark Eltringham,
Publisher – Workplace Insight, IN Magazine, Works Magazine

2024 Winners


The Innovation category, presented by Kim Gault, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Cundall, recognises developments and initiatives that facilitate greater progress in sustainability.

The winning entry was presented to Carbon Efficiency Rating’s new software platform of integrated digital services for circular economy strategy, material evaluation, cost analysis, lifecycle assessment, and product traceability through to a digital product passport (DPP).

The runner-up award went to Maconda Solutions for MyUpcyclea. This innovation allows tracking of the full cycle of a building from design to the construction and in-use phases all the way through deconstruction.

The winners were selected from the short-list including FUTURE Design for the work championing reuse within the lighting industry; and Johnsons Business Moves’ Assets 4 Change programme, designed to maximise the life of IT, furniture, fittings and fixtures and includes investment in the ‘Back on their feet’ campaign.

Fit Out Project

Presented by Julie Lecoq, Associate Strategy at Unispace, the winner of this fiercely contested category was BDP with Rype Office for the 5,577 sq. ft Cat B fitout project for Latimer Developments in London, SE1.

The team successfully demonstrated a determined commitment to greater sustainability within all design decisions, including the ambition to optimise and use existing materials and fittings wherever possible.

The judges were impressed with the principles used: build nothing or less; minimise waste; and specify for low carbon. “An amazing example of maximising the existing space first then introducing reclaimed and refurbished materials before looking at new, and even then, choosing low carbon and healthy materials,” commented the judges.

The runner-up award was presented to Basha-Franklin for its project with Myo, the flexible office brand from Landsec. The interior fit-out for the 47,500 sq.ft workspace over three floors at the landmark building, One New Change, was driven by wellbeing, sustainability and adaptability. The judges recognised the strong commitment to sustainability that went far beyond recycling and circularity, as well as considering neurodiversity as part of the design ethos and narrative.

The short-listed entries for this category were K2 Space for DTRE’s expansion and relocation project in London W1; and Habit Action’s 55,000 sqft, CAT A and B BREEAM accredited, project in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire for Atlas Copco Group.


The evening’s proceedings concluded with the announcement for the products category by award winning product designer, Phideas Leonida. The winner of this year’s prize was Modus Furniture for its sectional seating solution, Maluma. The judges gave high scores across the board for the thought and detail considered for Maluma’s design in terms circularity and carbon impact.

There was a tie for the runner-up awards so two companies were selected. Graphenstone Paint was announced as the first recipient. The judges noted Ambient Pro+ paint will actually absorb approx. 5Kg CO2 during the 30-60 day curing phase.

The second winner was SeaCo Designs for its compostable biomaterial. Used for a wide range of single use applications, such as 3D print, SeaCo is made from sustainable harvested red seaweeds and can be coloured using natural dyes. The finalists also included Allsfar for Fika, a mycelium and hemp acoustic wall tile. As well as creating acoustic comfort, Fika is red list, VOC, and aldehyde free.

2023 Winners


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.

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.


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!).