Co-Op Live: HSQ take a look at the current construction of the UK's biggest indoor arena

Posted on 15 September 2022

Today we take a look at Co-Op Live, an indoor arena currently being built in Manchester. The arena will become the UK's largest entertainment arena.

What is the plan for the new arena?

Co-op live arena is projected to become the UK's biggest indoor arena, It proposes to have the largest maximum capacity of any indoor arena, becoming greater than the existing Manchester Arena which is situated under 2 miles away. The arena is said to deliver one of the world's most sustainable, pioneering and socially responsible venues as it looks to the future of the entertainment industry.

The arena will have a maximum capacity of 23,500 people, hosting live music, comedy acts, family entertainment and sports, with its innovative bowl design and cutting-edge visuals, the arena will have 32 bars and restaurants.

Creating over 3,00 construction jobs including over 1,000 roles and apprenticeships, the project will open the door for young people in the construction sector.

How the project is becoming net carbon neutral

The Co-Op live project is dedicated to giving back to nature, they have an aim of becoming net carbon neutral by 2038 and a 100% electric building.

Solar panels are going to be fitted that can cover two football pitches, including air-source heat pumps. On-site the project aims to have no single-use plastic, sending no waste to landfill and use all the rainwater they collect.

The environmental features of Co-Op Live include:

  • LED lighting

  • 240 cycle spaces

  • Rainwater harvesting

  • Planting 85 trees

  • 10,500m of solar panels

  • Zero food waste

  • 2,791m2 of green space

  • Stocking Fairtrade ingredients

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Who's working on the project?
  • Developed by Oak View Group, partnering with The Co-operative Group

  • Venture partner also includes City Football Group who owns Manchester City.

  • BAM will lead construction on the project

  • Harry Styles is a lead investor on the project, to ensure the project delivers the ultimate stage for artists.

  • Schneider Electric is an official supplier of both hardware and software for electrical and building management systems.

  • Severfield is a steel contractor

  • Careys are working on sub-structures, steel frames and more large package works

  • Soluis built a fully interactive virtual representation of the arena.

  • Bristol Street Motors join the project by becoming a founding partner

  • Diageo is the official drinks partner

  • Britivic, Elavon Europe and Unilever join the project with sponsorship deals.

Co-op Live explained in numbers
  • 750,000 extra ticket sales in the new arena

  • £365m invested in project

  • 3,350 construction jobs

  • 1,100 jobs when officially opened

  • £1.34bn and £1.50bn is estimated to be generated over a 20-year period from the two arenas operating.

  • £228m is the estimated cost for construction works on the arena.

  • 32 bars, restaurants and lounges

  • 120 major live events

The future of the project

Beginning in May 2021, the project is said to be completed in December 2023, construction is well underway with over 400 construction workers progressing the project further day by day. Take a look at the websitehereto see a Livestream of the project's construction.

In April the arena officially opened bookings for its opening, with the first events taking place in December 2023, with many event discussions beginning for the 2024 period. The first dates for the venue's opening are expected to book quickly as the entertainment industry bounces back from the pandemic.

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