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Green light for £31m net-zero mass timber office in Manchester

by Sion Geschwindt

Developer Bruntwood has received planning approval for the Ev0 Building, slated to be the UK’s lowest carbon new build workspace.

Designed to be net-zero in both construction and operation, the building will be primarily constructed using mass timber, which developers say will ‘store’ 4,000 tonnes of carbon.

Based at Didsbury Technology Park in South Manchester, the £31m development will also feature a gym, cafe, customer lounge, cycle storage and event space.

The building will also be fully electric, with up to 94% of its energy requirement generated through photovoltaics located onsite. The rest will be sourced from Bruntwood’s nearby wind farm.

The Ev0 Building offers 82,549 sq ft of workspace across 6 floors

The development has employed parametric design principles to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the building, with the facade designed to minimise solar gain and overheating on the south and westerly elevations, and maximise solar gain on the north and east elevations.

A smart building management system will also help customers manage their daily energy use effectively.

Andrew Butterworth, commercial director at Bruntwood, said: “As we continue to work towards our net zero goals, it’s incredibly exciting to gain planning approval for Ev0, a development which has been a major part of our sustainability plans for a number of years.

“Property companies across the UK promote their developments as ‘best’ for various reasons, without openly releasing their supporting figures in the public domain. We have the evidence to substantiate Ev0’s sustainability credentials, and are openly publishing and updating data online to support this.”

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Bruntwood said it sees Ev0 as a landmark development for Manchester, supporting the city in its 2038 target for carbon neutrality and helping to cement the city’s reputation as a leader in sustainable development.

The project is being supported by a number of strategic partners, including architect Sheppard Robson, MEP, structural and sustainability consultants Ramboll, planning consultants Deloitte Real Estate, fire and risk engineers OFR Consultants, quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend and project management specialists Ward Williams Associates (WWA).

Neal Allen-Burt, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “Ev0 presents an exciting opportunity to ask – and to answer – the key questions that must be addressed to make zero carbon a reality.

“The project engages with the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing push to reach net zero carbon, with our design showing there is no “silver bullet” for achieving this and we will get there by having the dexterity to apply numerous solutions.”

The project aims to meet a strict set of environmental standards, including LETI 2020 design targets for upfront carbon, RIBA 2025 targets for whole life carbon and the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) Paris Proof operational energy use targets.

Works are targeted to start on site in autumn 2023 and complete in late 2024.

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