Queen opens Group’s Manchester HQ

The Queen has officially opened the Co-operative Group’s new head office, which has also been named the greenest building in the world.

The Queen has officially opened the Co-operative Group’s new head office, which has also been named the greenest building in the world.

Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen toured One Angel Square, Manchester, before unveiling a plaque to mark the formal opening of the 14-storey building. Group Chair Len Wardle (pictured) formally welcomed the Queen and Duke to the building.

Euan Sutherland, the Co-operative Group Chief Executive, said: “The visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh symbolised the completion of the building and one of the most significant UK construction projects in the past five years.”

An internationally acclaimed system of assessing buildings named the building the most environmentally friendly building ever. It achieved a score of 95.16 per cent from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

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