news from BRE

published: 14/11/2013

The Co-op's new HQ achieves highest ever BREEAM score

Ahead of its official opening today by Her Majesty The Queen, the Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been awarded the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding score of 95.16%

One Angel Square’s unprecedented achievement is a result of the building’s many environmentally friendly features, which include 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.

The building marks phase one of NOMA, a major scheme to redevelop 20 acres of the northern part of Manchester city centre. The 10 year programme will create a truly mixed use district, incorporating office space, residential, and leisure facilities.

Euan Sutherland, The Co-operative Group Chief Executive 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 in this way is a truly remarkable achievement.“The visit today of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh symbolises the completion of the building and one of the most significant UK construction projects in the past five years.”

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM, 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.”

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will tour One Angel Square and then unveil a plaque to mark the formal opening of the 14 storey building in the city centre later today

For further information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, tel 01923 664569, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

Further information on the project can be found here