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One Angel Square, The Co-operative Group HQ, Manchester

Client: The Co-Operative Group

Architect: 3D Reid

Budget: £120m

Completed: 2015

The Co-operative Group’s new building is one of the most iconic on the Manchester skyline. S I Sealy was engaged to provide the detailed design of the new building in Manchester for The Co-operative Group.

The building provides over 320,000sqft of Category A open plan office space. The building is fully BCO compliant and is highly flexible with particular regard to the adaptability and ease of subletting.

Each floor comprises of three 10,000sqft wings. Each wing can be further subdivided into three lateral spaces of just 3,333sqft in each. The building also includes a large number of research and development catering kitchens, a large restaurant, gymnasium, foyer and a large 250 seat auditorium.

Good buildings aspire to have a carbon footprint of between 20 and 25kgCO2/m2/per annum. This building has a carbon footprint of -75kgCO2/m2/per annum. The building has achieved BREEAM “Outstanding”, with the highest BREEAM assessment of any building in Europe. This project has also won Sustainable Project of 2011 at the Building and Engineer Awards and the BCO Northern Office of the Year at the April 2013 awards.

Our services included 3D modelling, together with complex building energy modelling and dynamic simulation to calculate and assess the building’s energy consumption and potential EPC and DEC ratings.

  • Bio-Fuel CHP and emergency generator
  • Large central atrium with heat recovery
  • Absorption cooling
  • Maximised daylight
  • Passive chilled beams
  • Fully integrated BMS
  • Mixed mode ventilation
  • Hydrocarbon chillers
  • Double skin façade with heat recovery
  • Water cooled chillers with condensing circuit heat recovery