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Heneghan Peng faces big-hitting firms in Co-op HQ competition

Irish practice Heneghan Peng has been named on the shortlist alongside three commercial big-hitters in the competition to masterplan the Co-Operative Group’s existing headquarters site in Manchester.

Heneghan Peng is joined by giants BDP, Arup and KPF in the battle to revamp the 8ha city-centre plot, dubbed the Northern Gateway.

The site between Hanover Street, Redfern Street and Federation Street is currently home to around 3,000 of the Co-op’s staff, and the group is looking to redevelop the area and move to a new headquarters.

More than 30 practices entered the international competition, from as far afield as the USA and Australia.

Lynda Shillaw, managing director of Co-Op’s property arm and one of the judges, said: ‘The finalists now have the exacting task of putting together commercially viable plans for the site, which will regenerate the area and enable the group to maximise its commercial value.

‘We are particularly keen to ensure that the development is built to exacting environmental standards.’

A winner is expected to be announced in March.

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