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One Angel Square receives sustainability accolade

August 02, 2013

One Angel Square, The Co-operative Group’s new Manchester head office, has won the Property Project Award at the 2013 2degrees Sustainability Champions Awards.

The awards - established to recognise, reward and celebrate those responsible for pushing the boundaries in creating and executing sustainability initiatives – were given out at a ceremony at Lord’s Cricket ground in London.

Guy Lee-Potter, Retail Estates Energy Manager with The Co-operative Group, said:

“2degrees is the world’s largest community for sustainability and is only open to qualified sustainability practitioners, so to win this award – voted for by our peers – is very special.  The environmental credentials of One Angel Square are unrivalled, and we are delighted that they have been recognised by 2degrees."

One Angel Square has been designed to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption compared to the current Manchester complex and an 80 per cent reduction in carbon. This will lead to a reduction in operating costs of up to a third.

The building is powered by a pure plant oil fed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system and utilises rapeseed oil which is grown on The Co-operative’s own farm land. Excess energy can be supplied back to the grid and utilised by the wider NOMA* development, with waste energy being sent through an absorption chiller, used to cool the building.

* NOMA is the £800 million scheme to redevelop 20 acres of the northern side of Manchester city centre.  The 10 year programme will create a truly mixed use district, incorporating office space, residential, retail and leisure facilities.

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