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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

One Angel Square in Manchester, England by 3DReid

 
March 23rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 3DReid

Flexibility: 1 Angel Square contains 328,000 sq ft of high quality office space, specifically designed for maximum flexibility. The building structure and its mechanical & electrical systems allow occupiers to easily reorganize accommodation and subdivide space, so as needs change, the building stays relevant – without excessive refit costs.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

  • Architects: 3DReid
  • Project: One Angel Square
  • Location: Manchester, England, UK
  • Photography: Daniel Hopkinson
  • Main Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Services Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Completion date: The building was completed in December 2012 with occupation commencing in January 2013.
  • Awards :
    Sustainability Award at the 2012North WestBusiness Insider Property Awards
    2012 Property Week Award for sustainability
    2012 Regeneration and Renewal Award for sustainability
    2012 Sustainability Leaders, Sustainable Building Carbon Award
    2012 BCSC Sustainability Gold Award

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Sustainability: 1 Angel Square is the highest scoring BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building the country, and sets a new national benchmark in sustainable design within the commercial sector. 1 Angel Square has been designed to deliver a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to The Co-operative’s current Manchester complex and an 80% reduction in carbon. This will lead to a reduction in operating costs of up to 30%.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

Ground breaking engineering features include a double-skinned façade to minimize heating and cooling throughout the year and underground concrete earth tubes that provide an amount of free heating and cooling for the incoming fresh air. The thermal mass of concrete is employed again within the building by exposing 300,000sq ft of concrete that forms the ceilings to the office floors.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

1The concrete acts as a thermal sponge, passively soaking up heat and reducing the amount of energy needed to cool the building.  Waste air is finally extracted over the balcony edge using the natural stack effect of the atrium thus negating the need for large space-hungry extract risers within the cores.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

Before being expelled at the highest point of the roof, the air passes through a heat-exchanger that recyles the heat to warm the incoming air in to the offices below. 3DReid incorporated a recycling system for used water and a rainwater harvesting system to guarantee low water consumption.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

The Co-operative’s local sourcing and sustainability principles are put into practice in using rape seed from British Co-operative farms to produce the fuel for the building’s CHP power plant.  The remaining husks of the crop will be recycled into animal feed. 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.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Hopkinson

The designers have addressed the issue of global warming and future-proofed the building against predicted weather data for 2050. So the building can cope with a potential 3-5 degree increase in summer temperature and 30% more rainfall in winter.  The building’s fabric and environmental systems have been designed to become more efficient as average annual temperatures rise. Other areas of innovation are the implementation of electrical pool car charging points, fed from the low carbon CHP and the development of a building user ‘App’ which relays real time user information on how the building is performing.

Image Courtesy © Len Grant

Public Realm: The public-realm area in front of the head office has also been designed with sustainability and green credentials in mind. Comprising of an attractive 3,000 sq ft lawn and 75 species of plants, trees and shrubs, it provides extensive gardens for Co-operative staff and members of the public to spend time and relax in.

Image Courtesy © Len Grant

Transport links: 1 Angel Squarehas excellent transport links. It has been built beside Victoria Station, one of Manchester’s main commuter hubs, adjacent to two tram stations, the main bus interchange and the City’s Inner Ring Road. Victoria Station will benefit directly from government funding, such as the electrification of the trans-Penine line from Leeds through to Liverpool, and new tram lines and bus connections that will better link the conurbation together and connect NOMA to Manchester airport.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Palin

NOMA53°: 1 Angel Square is part of a wider mixed-use development plan called NOMA, which will include premier office, retail, residential and leisure space. The project is expected to cost £800 million and will transform the city’s landscape with construction taking place on four million sq ft of mixed-use land.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Palin

Facts & Figures

  • BREEAM: ‘Outstanding’ Rating (95.32%)
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): A Rated
  • Display Energy Certificate (DEC):  A Rated 
  • 328,000sq ft of high quality office space accommodating 3,500 staff
  • 14 storeys above ground (two below)
  • 70 metres high (230ft)
  • Café within the atrium provides communal focus and can be re-configured as a 400 person conference facility
  • Restaurant at 8th floor level with panoramic views over city
  • 275 person auditorium at lower ground level
  • 151 car parking spaces
  • 23 motorcycle spaces
  • 105 bicycle spaces

Image Courtesy © Trevor Palin

1 Angel Square contains:

  • 1,948 precast concrete coffered slabs that make up the floors
  • 3,157 internal and external window panels make up the façade
  • 10,500 data and power outlets
  • 70,000 access floor panels; an area the same size of 3.5 Old Trafford football pitches
  • Approximately 3,300 tonnes of structural steel
  • Approximately 22km of power cable (roughly the distance betweenManchesterandRochdale, the birthplace of the Co-operative movement.)
  • 6,150 metres of chilled beams (if laid end to end)
  • 539 foundation piles, with an average depth of 18 metres below ground

Image courtesy 3DReid

Image courtesy 3DReid

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