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Co-op unveils designs of new HQ

Artist impression of Co-op headquarters in Manchester
The Co-operative Group started in Manchester 150 years ago

The Co-operative Group (Co-op) has unveiled designs for its new 16-storey headquarters in Manchester.

The offices are to be built on Miller Street, if a planning application is approved by Manchester City Council when the proposed is submitted in July.

The Co-op, which began in Manchester 150 years ago, recently completed a £1.6bn takeover of Somerfield.

In March the firm said it would close Somerfield's HQ within 18 months and hoped to move staff to Manchester.

Co-op group chief executive Peter Marks said the new headquarters would be the first phase in the redevelopment of the firm's 20-acre site, located in the city's Northern Gateway.

The main feature of the building will be an atrium in the centre.

Mr Marks added: "The Co-operative Group was born and raised in Manchester.

"Our decision to build our new headquarters here is another clear sign of the renaissance of our business and our confidence in the future."

If planning permission is granted work will start on the building in 2010.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "We are delighted that an organisation as closely associated with Manchester as the Co-operative Group remains so committed to the city."



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