One Angel Square, Manchester

Reflecting sustainable corporate values

“Our challenge was to create iconic headquarters to fit with The Co-operative Group’s vision for a sustainable workplace, combining an energy and cost efficient building with flexible work spaces.” explains Tony Grindrod, BAM Construction Manager responsible for the One Angel Square project.

Project details

  • Customer: The Co-operative Group
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Architects: 3DReid
  • M&E consultants: Buro Happold
  • Structural engineer: Buro Happold
  • Project manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald

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95.16% Fact icon BREEAM Outstanding score
900 Fact icon people trained on-site
54% Fact icon workforce from Greater Manchester area
98% Fact icon energy from renewable sources

“We delivered a carbon neutral building, achieving an A+ grade performance display energy certificate (DEC) coupled with the BREEAM Outstanding status. One Angel Square achieved the highest ever BREEAM score of 95.16%.”

This was accomplished through innovative design features such as the twin skin façade and optimised lighting, as well as a super-efficient power plant and electronic equipment. We minimised our impact during construction through prefabrication and waste reduction, as well as carbon reduction measures. Find out more about 1 Angel Square’s sustainability credentials

A striking addition to the Manchester skyline

We built this iconic 16-storey building containing 325,000ft2 of open plan office space to accommodate the Co-operative’s 3,500 head office employees, sharing 2,800 desks in the building.

The steel-framed structure is supported by cores at each corner and was constructed around a soaring central atrium. Two basement floors include underground car parking, auditorium and fitness facilities.

We used building information modelling (BIM) to create the building before any construction began to highlight any logistic issues likely to arise. This prevented unnecessary wastage of materials and time, making the construction as smooth as possible.


Good neighbours

Winning three Gold Considerate Constructors Scheme Site Awards reflects our commitment to being considerate neighbours throughout construction. With 800 operatives on site at the height of the work, careful planning was essential to cause the least disruption possible to the neighbouring residential area in this city centre location.

As well as regular stakeholder engagement, we gave 32 apprentices and 900 people on-site training, sourced over half our workforce from the Greater Manchester area and the BAM team contributed 712 volunteering hours to improve a local park and work with a local homeless charity.