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Co-op Unveils 16 Storey Manc Building

Financial and retail giant the Co-operative Group has unveiled its new headquarters in Manchester which will stand on Miller Street opposite the existing CIS Tower.

Designed by 3D Reid the high-tech building is in essence an enormous slightly triangular donut with a slanting roof profile that offers 29,700 square metres of office space wrapped around a huge central atrium with glass elevator shafts running up it. At ground level a remodelled public square will be created whilst the roofline, like so many other modern buildings in Manchester, has been designed to slant.

The move marks attempts by the Co-op to merge some of its diverse operations in and around Manchester into one place and will include staff in the Dantzic Building on Dantzic Street, New Century House on Corporation Street, Old Bank Building and Hanover Building on Hanover Street, Redfern Building on Redfern Street, and the Federation Building on Federation Street. CIS Tower should however remain largely untouched.

So eager are the Co-operative Group to start with this project that they are aiming to get it under construction as soon as they can secure planning permission and completed for a move in 2012. It's believed that this is only the first phase of a longer term plan by the company to create an integrated campus for all its operations in Manchester in what has been dubbed "Northern Gateway".

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