Manchester building project aims for superior sustainability

In an investment worth £350m, project leaders for a new arena planned for east Manchester aim to create the most sustainable venue in the UK.

The event space from the Oak View Group (OVG) will have a capacity of 23,500 and create thousands of new jobs in the city, but outdoor areas, alternative energy sources and sustainable transport are also an important part of the scheme.

Architects in Chester, Manchester and other cities in North West England are increasingly incorporating greener design choices into building plans. OVG’s project has been designed in line with the green ambitions of Manchester City Council who aim to achieve net-zero carbon status by 2038.

Chief officer of operations at OVG, Mark Donnelly, commented:

“We’re building the next generation of venue in Manchester and, to make sure it is future proof, we’ve put a huge effort into maximising both the sustainability and accessibility of the arena.”

An outdoor terrace will run adjacent to the canal side of the site and those using the arena will be encouraged to make use of public transport to cut back on congestion and emissions. The structure’s roof design has been maximised to incorporate state-of-the-art thin film solar panels backed up with smart options for energy efficiency.

Rob Amphlett of Buro Happold, consultants on sustainability for the project said:

“The proposals go far beyond all council planning targets for sustainable development and set a new benchmark for venues in the UK.”

The construction of the east Manchester arena is expected to begin in September this year.

Posted by Mark
June 1, 2020

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