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Arup-led group scoops Manchester Co-op win

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A consortium led by Arup has scooped the high-profile contest to masterplan an 8ha site in Manchester city centre for the Co-operative group.

The team saw off finalists KPF and BDP as well as Irish practice Heneghan Peng to land the prize project - known as the Northern Gateway scheme.

The plot bordering Corporation Street and Miller Street (pictured) 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 (AJ online 18.01.08)

The Arup team also includes Jones Lang LaSalle and Gardiner and Theobald, will now begin drawing up a masterplan for the site, working closely with Manchester City Council and other key stakeholders, including the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. The work is expected to be complete towards the end of this year.

The site is currently home to the headquarters of both the group and its financial arm, Co-operative Financial Services (CFS).

Malcolm Smith, who is leading the Arup team, said: ‘We are delighted to have won and excited at the prospect of playing a part in shaping the future of this key city centre site.

‘We share the Co-operative Group’s intention of creating a leading edge development of which the city will be proud.’

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