Co-op Live will build on the rich cultural heritage of Manchester to bring a new breed of live music venue to the city.
The state-of-the-art seating bowl design has a capacity of 23,500 and will place spectators closer to the stage than at any comparable venue in Europe, as well as providing a new social experience within major arena design by incorporating bespoke standing spaces throughout, rather than only on the arena floor. The venue will enable Manchester to host a broader range of music, sports, and entertainment events.
At the heart of the venue’s interiors offering is the Atrium. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, this flexible space can be transformed into a nightclub, where visitors can gather both after shows and on non-event days. Additionally, a range of eateries, high-end bars, and hospitality spaces are located throughout the building. Cocktail bars sit alongside street food-style concessions and exclusive nightclub loge spaces, to create a diverse experience that is reflective of Manchester’s eclectic nightlife culture.
Sustainable responsibility has been at the heart of the design process, and the venue directly responds to Manchester’s Zero Carbon 2038 commitments. The project design has been pre-assessed using the BREEAM accreditation system, scoring an ‘Excellent’ rating. The building will be powered entirely by electricity, with no reliance on fossil fuels Renewable energy purchased from the national grid will be supplemented by a 7,000msq photovoltaic array mounted on the arena’s roof, while the landscaped grounds will create an ecological pocket along the green corridor formed by the Ashton Canal.
Opening out from the venue, a landscaped community space will offer food and drink on both event days and non-event days, connected by existing walking and cycling routes to the heart of the city.