More than 100 local construction sub-contractors have been employed by BAM Construction on the Co-operative Group's new 325,000 sq ft headquarters in Manchester.
The job is now into its 71st week of construction, during which time BAM has placed £7m of contracts with local businesses and sourced £9m of materials locally. There have been one million man hours worked on the £100m project, and more than 50% of the workforce came from the Greater Manchester area. There are 30 apprentices working on the building, the address of which will be One Angel Square.
Examples of local firms winning contracts include Stockport-based Adana on the groundworks; Chartrange in Manchester provided fill materials; brickwork went to McCrory's of Cheadle; and PC Harrington in Warrington is working on the concrete frame.
Tony Grindrod, BAM's construction manager, said: "Being an ethical trader, our client is determined that the building is exemplary in both its local benefits and its environmental excellence. BAM has set out to deliver a programme of human investment here at the Co-operative HQ that goes even further than they've asked, and we're thrilled that it's showing some real benefits for the people who live and work here. We have really put our hearts into it and the effort and adaptability across our suppliers and team has been enormous."
BAM and the Co-op are hoping to achieve the highest BREEAM environmental ratings ever recorded in the UK. The 3D Reid-designed project is due for completion in autumn 2012.