Co-op HQ named world’s greenest building
The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world.
The British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the internationally acclaimed system of assessing buildings, gave One Angel Square, built by BAM Construction, a score of 95.16% - the highest ever awarded.
The award comes as a result of the building’s many environmentally friendly features, which include power generated from crops grown on the Group’s farms; heating and cooling the premises by drawing air below the basement and redistributing it at the earth’s core temperature; 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 the official opening by Queen Elizabeth II, who is visiting the 14 storey building in the centre of Manchester, One Angel Square, today.