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Co-op HQ is greenest building in the world

The Co-operative Group's new headquarters in Manchester is officially the most environmentally-friendly building in the world. One Angel Square has been awarded a score of 95.16 per cent by the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) - this represents the highest rating ever given. In order to mark the completion of the construction project, the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will unveil a plaque at the site. The facility boasts a number of environmentally-friendly features, including power generated from crops grown by the Co-operative Group, a double skin facade that provides additional insulation in the winter and an advanced heating and cooling system that draws air below the basement and then redistributes it. Phase one of NOMA - a project that will look to overhaul 20 acres of northern Manchester land and provide offices, residential and leisure facilities - the One Angel Square development uses cutting edge technology. Euan Sutherland, the Co-operative Group chief executive, said: "From the outset the group set very high aspirations for the green credentials of the new building but for One Angel Square to be recognised as the most environmentally-friendly building in the world is a truly remarkable achievement."Gavin Dunn, director of BREEAM, which uses an internationally acclaimed system of assessing buildings, praised the "ambitious vision" shown by the Co-operative Group, as it has used a range of skills and expertise to create a "highly sustainable, extremely low carbon space". BAM Construction was responsible for the delivery of the project and Tony Grindrod from the company picked up a silver medal at the Construction Manager of the Year Awards for his contribution. Throughout the construction process, One Angel Square used the services of 100 businesses and 2,000 workers from the city. This demonstrates the benefits to the wider community of completing such a large-scale project.  

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