These competition-winning proposals for two new office buildings as part of the NOMA masterplan in Manchester will be BREEAM Outstanding, low carbon in construction and net zero carbon in use.
The two buildings are designed to be distinctive in their own right, but also to complement each other, creating a sense of place and interaction with the public realm and wider masterplan.
The introduction of a contemporary ‘piano nobile’ helps to activate the adjacent public square and creates a second level of interaction with the public realm through an open, colonnaded and glazed level above the Square.
Wellbeing is at the heart of the design, with excellent levels of natural light and access to outdoor space for office workers. More than 250 cycle spaces are planned for across the two buildings as well as facilities to encourage active travel.
All services are located in the floorplate, enabling a clear cross-laminated timber soffit which expresses the building’s sustainable credentials.
The facade strategy is responsive to orientation with window sizes contracting and expanding to control solar gain and promote lower energy use. The facade is made up of terracotta panels which are fully reusable and contribute to the circular economy.
The development of 2 & 3 Angel Square will bring the following benefits:
More information on the updated proposals is available on on the NOMA Engage website.