A Cathedral to Sustainability

At Connectivity we went on a fascinating site visit today to the new Cooperative HQ in Manchester. The building is part of the NOMA 53 project which will regenerate a significant part of Manchester, just north of the city centre – an area which has been forgotten in Manchester’s regeneration story.

The Cooperative HQ will be a BREEAM Outstanding building. We learned how it will be powered by plant oil grown on the Cooperative’s own farms; it also has a combined heat and power plant. Any excess energy will go into a district-heating scheme for other parts of the NOMA project.

It is impressive to stand inside the atrium – you could fit a jumbo jet into the space. It is designed to have plenty of natural light and it has views out to the hills. An excellent visit organised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

It will be one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the world. We used to build cathedrals to God, in Manchester we used to build them to commerce, this is a Cathedral to Sustainability.

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