HQ of CO-OP group

Double skin façade project in Manchester, United Kingdom

Highly sustainable new headquarters for the Co-operative Group in Manchester city centre. At 500,000 sq.ft (46,500m²), this is the largest commercial office building in Manchester and the highest scoring BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ office in the UK, setting a new national benchmark in sustainable design within the commercial sector.

The project was designed using the latest BIM (Building Information Modelling) software and techniques.

Sapa meets project requirements

According to the project requirements, Sapa Building System offered the Elegance 72 solution. Project requirements were as follows:

  • external skin inclined (up to 5th level) and sloped (above the 6th level) on toroid plan
  • units of external skin in the parallelogram shape
  • every vertical mullion is under angle in two directions
  • every piece surface is a 3D element

Within 6 months after assignment the new system was ready to be delivered and the system passed successfully all required weather performance tests. The project covers 2 x 15,000 m² of curtain walling facades (inner & outer skin).