Co-operative Group submits head office plan

July 13, 2009

Plans for a new Manchester landmark building, which will help make the city a leader in international sustainable development, have been submitted to the city council by The Co-operative Group.

The Group plans to build its new head office on land it owns on Miller Street, opposite the Co-operative Insurance tower. The new building will serve the UK’s largest mutual retailer which now has a turnover of over £13 billion.

Key features of the plans include:

  • An outstanding design by leading architects 3D Reid, featuring a large central atrium.
  • Design, construction and operation to standards set out in the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), which will make it one of the most environmentally sustainable in Europe.
  • 325,000 sq ft of open plan office space on 15 storeys, providing a modern working environment and facilities which will allow greater freedom for flexible working by staff.

If planning permission is granted, work will start on the building at the beginning of next year with occupation scheduled for 2012.  The Group will be encouraging staff to make full use of the excellent public transport facilities close to the site and car parking provision will be reduced.

The new headquarters will represent the first phase in the redevelopment and regeneration of the Group’s 20-acre site, located at the city’s Northern Gateway and bounded by Miller Street and Corporation Street.  The development framework for this scheme has been fully endorsed by the city council.

Group Chief Executive Peter Marks has said that the project will reflect the ethical values of the organisation in its design, construction and its relationship both with employees and surrounding communities.