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Co-op Headquarters Rise

Construction is currently underway on a new headquarters for what is one of the United Kingdom's best known businesses, the Co-operative Group.

To be located on Miller Street in Manchester, the company which recently took over supermarket chain Somerfield, has had its roots firmly planted in the city after being established there 100 years ago, providing everything from food to funeral services.

Currently with its divisions spread across several sites throughout the city the new headquarters which have been penned by architectural firm 3DReid will bring the company together under one roof.

Located on a former car park, the building which at its highest point will be 15 storeys, is located on the north-eastern corner of the site in order to minimise its impact on surrounding residential buildings. The project is the first phase of what is planned to be a new mixed-use destination point for the city.

Based on a traditional beehive shape the building consists of three wings arranged around a huge central atrium. In order to maximise light filtration for both the building itself and the surrounding existing buildings the design sees a sloping roof which At the north-east corner the building starts at ten storeys and rises to fifteen at the pinnacle on the north west corner of the site. On the south facing side stepped roof terraces open the building up to the rest of the city.

The facade is composed of two skins which to provide a buffer zonebetween internal and external spaces. The outer skin will be a glazed curtain wall featuring glazing bronze anodised aluminium perforated ventilation panels. The internal skin will be double-glazed with an exposed timber inner structure and a pre-cast concrete panel system.
When complete the project will provide 45,803 square metres of office space for 3500 employees already scattered in various building across the city, it will also include a café and restaurant for employees while it is planned a public piazza will be created on Miller Street.

The project will be the first of its kind in the UK to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating for its sustainability .The building will be carbon neutral through the use of low/zero carbon technologies and maximising the use of renewable energy sources for heating , cooling and lighting. A high efficiency biomass boiler will also be included which uses wood pellets as fuel as opposed to fossil fuels.

Once completed next year it will add to a growing collection of tall buildings as the conglomerate already has one of the tallest towers in Manchester nearby, the sixties CIS Tower.

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