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Co-op building scores record 95% for sustainability

14 Nov 13 The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world.

One Angel Square
One Angel Square

The 14-storey building at One Angel Square scored 95.16% from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) – the highest marks ever recorded.

Built by BAM Construction, the building’s many environmentally friendly features include: power generated from crops grown on Co-op farms; heating and cooling using air drawn from 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 the NOMA scheme to redevelop 20 acres of the northern part of Manchester city centre.

BAM Construction director Ian Fleming 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.”

BRE Global BREEAM director Gavin Dunn said: “They have created a highly sustainable, extremely low carbon space. An excellent working environment with deep green credentials.”

The building is officially opened by HM The Queen today.

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