Co-op building gets highest BREEAM rating ever

The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester, built by BAM, has been given the highest BREEAM ever awarded – on the same day it was officially opened by the Queen.

BREEAM has given the Manchester building, known as One Angel Square, a score of 95.16%. This is mainly because of its many environmentally friendly features, which include power generated from crops grown on the group’s farms; heating and cooling the premises by drawing air below the basement and redistributing it at the earth’s core temperature; and a double skin façade that acts as a ‘duvet’ to insulate the offices in the winter and ventilate it in the summer.

One Angel Square is phase one of NOMA, a major scheme to redevelop 20 acres of the northern part of Manchester city centre. The 10-year programme aims to create a mixed use district, incorporating office space, residential, and leisure facilities.

Co-operative Group chief executive Euan Sutherland said: “From the outset the group set very high aspirations for the green credentials of the new building but for One Angel Square to be recognised as the most environmentally friendly building in the world is a truly remarkable achievement.

Ian Fleming, construction director for BAM Construction in the North West, said: “The commitment of the Co-operative to build a truly sustainable building set us a challenge unprecedented in commercial buildings. To have achieved the goal with this BREEAM accolade is a testament to the genuinely collaborative approach between the Co-operative, BAM Construction, the designers 3D Reid, Buro Happold and all our partners. This synergy combined with new technology and traditional construction skills has created a world class building and a legacy for which the people of Manchester can be proud”.

Gavin Dunn, director of BREEAM at BRE Global, said: “This achievement of the highest score ever under BREEAM reflects an ambitious vision and commitment from the Co-operative Group and their project team. They have created a highly sustainable, extremely low carbon space. An excellent working environment with deep green credentials.”

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