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SI Sealy appointed to design the Co-Operative Group’s new headquarters

Friday 10th September, 2010

Stockport based building services consulting engineers, S I Sealy have been appointed by Rotary North West as the detailed engineering designers of The Co-operative Group’s new headquarters building.

The building will include 320,000 sq ft of open plan office space over 16 storeys and will be an iconic building on the Manchester skyline. The Co-operative Group’s high sustainability aspiration is demonstrated by their desire to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding” for this building, and for the building to be Carbon Neutral. S I Sealy will ensure that these aspirations are met through incorporating into the design a number of innovative sustainable technologies.

Tony Grindrod, Construction Manager for BAM, who are the main contractors for this project, said:

“This is a hugely exciting and impressive project in terms of design, construction techniques and the expertise it will demand of everyone involved with it. The Co-operative Group’s desire for a Carbon Negative building made the appointment of a strong and proactive mechanical and electrical contracting team crucial.”

Dougie Brash, director of Rotary North West said:

“It was essential for us to bring on board a team of highly experienced mechanical and electrical engineering designers to ensure the success of this project. S I Sealy has exceptional skills and knowledge, as well as a determined approach. They are an excellent addition to the team.”

David Stafford, S I Sealy Director commented:

“S I Sealy is delighted to have secured the commission from Rotary North West to provide detailed design services for Manchester’s largest and most prestigious construction project. This follows an unprecedented period of success and growth of our company culminating in our current status as one of Manchester’s largest specialist MEP practices. At the same time we are still flexible enough to also undertake much smaller commissions.

“As a prestigious project, detailed design work for the Co-op project will be undertaken through Spectrum Consulting, our Joint Venture with Hannan Associates and Gill Massey initially formed to deliver major overseas projects. Spectrum has over 100 full time MEP engineers, enabling us to bid for major projects worldwide such as the Co-op project.”