Designed by 3DReid and engineered by Buro Happold, the Co-op’s recently opened £100m headquarters in Manchester, 1 Angel Square, has a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating.

This programme explores how the engineer and architect achieved the rating, beginning with a look at the building’s focal point; a vast, central atrium.

Other features also explored are the building’s CHP generation system (which uses crops grown on the group’s own farms), the rainwater harvesting and recycling system, air tubes and the use of chilled beams.

Featuring interviews with the architect and services engineer, the programme will be of relevance to any client or construction professional with an interest in sustainable building.

Key learning points:

  • The difference between passive and active chilled beams
  • How concrete can help reduce heating bills
  • The role that the huge central atrium plays in the BREEAM rating
  • What air tubes are and how do they work
  • Why the floor slabs were painted bright white.

About the contributors

Mike Hitchmough, 3D Reid’s Divisional Director - Head of offices, has over the last 20 years successfully combined architectural practice with both teaching and working in commercial development from a client/contractor perspective.

Mike is the joint-head of 3D Reid’s Manchester office and was the project leader for One Angel Square from concept to completion, the BREEAM Outstanding head office for The Co-operative Group at NOMA53.

Mike is also a member of 3D Reid’s Concept Coaching Group and is head of the firm’s Office Knowledge Group.

Mark Johnson is Associate Director at Buro Happold. After a three-year stint at White Young Green, he has been with Buro Happold since 2006, becoming an associate, and in 2012 Associate Director.

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