British Council For Offices crowns Rising Property Star in South West and South Wales region at NextGen Awards

Turner & Townsend’s Chris Fagg was named Rising Star of the South West of England and Wales at the fifth annual British Council for Offices (BCO) NextGen Awards on Thursday November 12th.


The Awards are part of the BCO’s NextGen programme, which sets out to mentor and encourage the next generation of property professionals to become future leaders in the industry, whilst providing a platform for new talent to share ideas.


The country’s top designers, developers, architects and occupiers under the age of 35 were invited to join the BCO for the awards ceremony, which took place virtually for the first time this year. It celebrated the achievements and successes of young professionals in the commercial property sector across the UK, and the individuals who mentored them.


The BCO NextGen Rising Star award recognises an under 35’s outstanding contribution to the office sector in their region. Chris was crowned the South West’s Star by a panel of local judges for his outstanding work as a Project Manager at T&T, where he has overseen the incredible transformation of HMRC’s sites in Bristol and now Cardiff.


The BCO judges were impressed by Chris’ sustained passion for the project over the last four years, commending his ability to go above and beyond to effortlessly accommodate multiple senior stakeholders and adapt to new challenges that have emerged throughout the project period. Chris has received glowing praise from clients and colleagues alike, making him a most deserved winner in the judges’ eyes.


Matt Carter, Senior Cost Consultant at Rider Levett Bucknall and Chair of the BCO NextGen South West Committee, commented: “Chris has shown outstanding commitment to his clients over the past five years, delivering incredible workplaces for HMRC across the region. To maintain enthusiasm and drive on such a long-term project is no mean feat, and the praise he has received from clients in that time speaks volumes about the results of his work. Congratulations Chris – a worthy and admirable winner.” 


Paul Patenall, President of the BCO, said: “My congratulations to you, Chris, for your tireless work in delivering transformative fit outs for HMRC. Clients and colleagues alike speak of your effortless leadership throughout the projects, and your passion shines through your work – you should be very proud. ”


In addition to the NextGen Awards ceremony, the BCO is thrilled to be bringing back its NextGen Competition for a second time since 2017. As the property industry looks to answer new and important challenges about its future – from COVID-19, to climate change, to equality and inclusivity – the BCO is asking members under 35 to reimagine the future office. The winners of the competition will be announced later this month.

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