About the project
Didsbury Technology Park is a commercial office in South Manchester, consisting of a net zero carbon office to be classified by the UK Green Building Council (GBC), a high spec smart office and a 500-space multi-storey car park. The project incorporates efficient passive design measures, on-site renewable energy generation and a lean engineered timber structure, thereby minimising the carbon footprint throughout the lifetime of the building.
As Manchester has committed to full decarbonisation by 2038, the key challenge was to construct a sustainable zero carbon building. This does not only extend to the operational carbon footprint but likewise includes utilising materials with a minimum embodied carbon footprint.
Ramboll’s experts in sustainable engineering and design carried out detailed feasibility and concept studies in close cooperation with the architect Sheppard Robson to remain attentive tothe building’s purpose of providing an attractive high-performance office building. This meant flipping the design approach upside-down and allowing the engineering performance to direct the architectural form of the building.