Contractor to build 15-storey 3D Reid-designed office for banking and retail group

Contractor Bam has been awarded the contract to build the 15-storey 325,000ft2 head office for the Co-op in Manchester.

BAM, formerly known as HBG, has been appointed to work with architect 3D Reid to develop and help cost the final build. The firm said site preparation would begin early in the new year, with construction commencing next May.

Lynda Shillaw, managing director of the Co-operative Estates, said the new building on Miller Street, which is expected to cost about £100m, would be one of the most innovative in the UK. She said: “BAM impressed us with its approach and the breadth of experience across Europe working on similar projects,”

Bam said the building's design, construction and operation would make it one of the most sustainable in Europe.

Steve Byrne, director of BAM in the North-west, said: “We're proud and delighted to be working with The Co-operative Group on such an exciting and pioneering project. We believe our experience will bring a great deal to further developing the design of the new building and establishing the overall cost of the work.”

The new head office will be the first phase in the redevelopment and regeneration of the Co-op's 20-acre site. The building received planning permission from Manchester council this week.