One Angel Square the worlds most environmentally friendly new build
Ahead of its official opening by the Queen, The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally friendly new build in the world.
One Angel Square has been awarded a score of 95.16%; the highest ever by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). To meet the demanding client brief BuroHappold worked with 3DReid to deliver a building that sets a new benchmark for commercial office design, achieving a balance of sustainability, operational efficiency, space flexibility and high quality.
The unprecedented award comes as a result of the building’s many environmentally friendly features, which include a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation powered by crops grown on the Group’s farms and a double skin façade that acts as a ‘duvet’ to insulate the offices in the winter and ventilate it in the summer. The accolade coincides with a royal visit on 14 November; 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.
The building is phase one of the major ten year NOMA scheme, that will see the redevelopment of 20 acres of the northern part of Manchester’s city centre to create a mixed use district, incorporating office space, residential, and leisure facilities.
Mark Philip, director at BuroHappold commented, “This achievement signifies a landmark milestone in the evolution of the high specification commercial office. The complex blend of technologies and smart building strategies has been carefully designed by 3DReid and BuroHappold to provide an elegant building with a user friendly environment, whole-life low energy and a highly efficient commercial asset for the client, one that is climate change resilient beyond 2050.”
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 as the most environmentally friendly building in the world 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.”