Location Northwest | Oak View sheds light on Co-op Live’s electrical credentials

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The arena is designed by Populous. Credit: via Blakeney

Dan Whelan

The Manchester venue with 23,500 seats will be the country’s first fully electric arena, according to the American developer.

Oak View Group received planning permission last year to build Co-op Live at £ 350 million. in Manchester. The company is now delivering the project in a joint venture with City Football Group, the global football organization that counts Manchester City FC among its assets. Pop star Harry Styles also has a smaller stake in the scheme.

Work on the arena, designed by Populous, is underway with Bam Construction on its way to completing the project in 2023.

The venue is designed to be the UK’s most sustainable arena when it opens, Oak View said.

Once the area is operational, it will not produce any food waste and will not send any waste to landfill, according to the developer.

In addition to being 100% electric, the arena will feature nearly 100,000 sq ft of solar panels as well as air source heat pumps.

There will be no gas supply to the venue, and the technologies used could achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to a similar arena, Oak View said.

“Climate change is the single biggest problem facing the planet today, and we take our responsibility to create a greener world seriously,” said Mark Donnelly, Chief Operating Officer at OVG International.

“We are building a planet-friendly place as well as one that is capable of hosting the world’s best events.”

The claims about Co-op Live’s sustainability stand in stark contrast to the site’s history. The arena is being built on the site of the former Bradford Colliery.

Coal was mined on site from at least the 17thth century, and the mining industry was active until 1968.

Sustainability and carbon reduction have been in the spotlight in Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.

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The arena will feature nearly 100,000 sq ft of solar panels. Credit: via Blakeney

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