Our tour of The Co-operative Group's new headquarters at One Angel Square in central Manchester is now FULLY BOOKED (there are some places left on the Retrofitting Traditional Buildings afternoon seminar which follows it however)
The £100m new office is one of the most sustainable large buildings in the world and is built to a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating.
It is powered by a biodiesel cogeneration plant using rapeseed oil to provide electricity and heat. The structure makes use of natural resources, maximising passive solar gain for heat and using natural ventilation through its double-skin facade, adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, waste heat recycling and 300,000 square feet of exposed concrete that acts as a thermal sponge.
The building's distinctive form has been compared to a sliced egg and a ship. Its design was announced by architects 3DReid in May 2009 and construction began in July 2010 with a projected completion date in March 2013. In December 2012, the scheme surpassed its pan-European sustainability aims and achieved a world-record BREEAM score of 95.32%.
It is also an energy-plus building, producing surplus energy and zero carbon emissions. The building has received numerous awards for its striking aesthetic and sustainability aims.