Co-operative Group regeneration framework

  • Masterplanning for the Co-operative Group’s landmark 20a site in Manchester.
  • A European benchmark for responsible and sustainable development.
  • The mixed-use premises have the potential to provide 15,000 jobs.

Arup have completed a regeneration framework for the Co-operative Group’s landmark 20a site in Manchester city centre. The firm won the international competition for the project in early 2008.

The Arup team includes specialists in urban design, sustainability, planning, energy, infrastructure, environment, waste, heritage and landscape design.

The site has been home to the Co-operative Group for nearly 150 years and is the largest single-owned site in central Manchester, with optimised development capacity of four million square feet.

  • Watch the development on the Co-operative Group’s webcam.

A benchmark for sustainability

The development will enhance the Group’s commitment to high ethical standards and provide ‘an inspiring European benchmark’ for responsible and sustainable development. It will also act as a major catalyst to further investment, regeneration and job creation in the area.

The first phase of the development, currently under construction, is the Co-operative Group’s new head office of approximately 400,000ft2. The building will achieve BREEAM ‘outstanding’ status and set an exceptional standard for green, sustainable design for the rest of the planned development.

Energy and transportation

A planned integrated energy system aims to provide 100% of the development’s heat and power needs from renewable sources. A sustainable drainage system will ensure that water is stored and recycled as needed.

The site will feature 4.5a of public open space, and green transport systems which aim to make cycling, walking and public transport the preferred options.

Historic features, including listed buildings, will be carefully integrated into the development.


  • Visualisation of Cooperative site from the air, at night.Open gallery

    The site has been home to the Co-operative Group for nearly 150 years.

  • Visualisation of public square and surrounding buildings.Open gallery

    The site will feature green transport systems and 4.5a of public open space.