One Angel Square is Crowned National 'Project of the Year'

One Angel Square is Crowned National 'Project of the Year'

The Co-operative Group’s HQ recognised for excellence at national RICS Awards

One Angel Square in Manchester put the city on the map this afternoon (Friday 18 October) after beating tough competition from all over the UK to win the Design & Innovation award, as well as the highly acclaimed ‘Project of the Year’ title at the national 2013 RICS Awards Grand Final, held at the Savoy, London.

The RICS Awards celebrate the most innovative initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. Each UK region held regional heats earlier this year, where the winners of four of the categories (Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design & Innovation and Regeneration) were automatically entered into the 2013 RICS Awards Grand Final.

One Angel Square – a £100 million new headquarters for The Co-operative Group – is the largest commercial office building in Manchester. It scooped the Design & Innovation accolade and ‘Project of the Year’ title at this year’s RICS North West Awards (held in May at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester) and now at the national RICS Awards Grand Final.

The striking building has achieved the highest scoring BREEAM 'outstanding' office rating in the country, setting a new national benchmark in sustainable design in the commercial sector.

RICS judges said every aspect of the building has been constructed with sustainability at heart, with leading technologies utilised throughout, including underground earth tubes that provide an amount of free heating and cooling. Powered by a pure plant oil-fed combined heat and power system, the building also uses rapeseed oil grown on The Co-operative Group’s own farmland.

RICS President, Michael Newey, said: “Hats off to all those involved in One Angel Square for putting forward such a compelling entry. The quality of the development speaks for itself. As the first BREEAM 'outstanding' regional office building in the UK, it goes to show that sustainability, cutting-edge design and architectural appeal can go hand-in-hand.”

He adds: “The RICS Awards are testament to the professionalism and skill that lies at the heart of all the professions operating across the built environment, and we were extremely encouraged to see such a high volume of entries this year. The benchmark was set exceptionally high by the shortlisted projects and they’re shining examples of the positive contribution development or renovation can make to wider society.” 

One Angel Square wasn’t the only North West winner to scoop a national RICS Award. The Florence Institute (known as The Florrie) in Toxteth, Liverpool - believed to be the oldest surviving purpose-built Boys club in the UK – won the Building Conservation accolade for its comprehensive £6.2 million refurbishment project. This meant the North West triumphed on the day, winning three out of five national awards up for grabs.

Grand Final category winners for the 2013 RICS Awards

Building Conservation The Florence Institute, Liverpool
Community Benefit Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Bristol
Design & Innovation One Angel Square, Manchester
Regeneration Clyde Gateway Regeneration, Glasgow


One Angel Square and the other successful 2013 projects join an elite group of past winners including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Pancras station in London, Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Entry forms are now available for the 2014 RICS North West Awards and the deadline for entries is 18 January 2014. The regional awards will be presented at a glittering black-tie ceremony on Thursday 8 May 2014 at The Palace Hotel, Manchester. For further information visit www.rics.org/awards