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The Co-operative Group gets go ahead for new head office

September 11, 2009

The Co-operative Group has received planning permission from Manchester City Council to build its new head office in Manchester.

The new building, which will be constructed on land on Miller Street, opposite the Co-operative Insurance tower, will serve as the head office for The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual retailer.

Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: ”This is another important step towards our new head office building which is planned to open in 2012 and it further underlines the continuing relationship between the Group and the City.

“We intend the building to reflect the continuing success and ethical values of the organisation in its design, construction and its relationship both with employees and surrounding communities.”

Outside view of the new Co-operative Head Office

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: “This major commitment that the Co-operative movement is making to Manchester is enormously welcome.  The iconic headquarters building is the clearest demonstration possible of a strong approach to quality and the creation of a place where people will want to work and visit.

“We look forward to continuing to work with The Co-operative on the delivery of the new HQ building, which will begin next year, and on the wider masterplan for what will become a significant part of the regional centre."

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.

The new head office 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 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.

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