One Angel Square is the largest commercial building in Manchester, England – and it is now the highest scoring BREEAM Outstanding building in the United Kingdom. Designed by 3DReid, One Angel Square will be the new 500,000 square-foot home for the UK’s largest mutual retailer, The Co-Operative Group.  This new £100 million low-energy, highly sustainable headquarters will house the 3,500 employees of The Co-Operative Group. As it has just been completed, the project represents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Manchester see what sustainable building can achieve.

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BREEAM is one of the world’s leading environmental assessment systems for buildings – it’s had more than a million registered assessments over the past 22 years. One Angel Square is designed to deliver a 50% reduction in energy consumption, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions, and a 30% savings in operational costs. This innovation in sustainable building was achieved through 3DReid’s design and engineering by Buro Happold.

The building is part of a “future-proofing” effort by the designers, which means that it can adapt to the predicted 3-5 degree temperature increase by 2050.  The building has a rainwater harvesting and recycling system, a heat recovery system to collect and recycle waste heat, and 300,000 square feet of exposed concrete that acts as a thermal sponge. This building is an impressive addition to the revitalization of Manchester, which is centered around the creation of Manchester’s sustainable city center district named NOMA. This 4 million square-foot mixed-use masterplanned redevelopment in Manchester is also backed by the financial power of The Co-Operative Group.

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