Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for its largest
sustainable store yet as part of its Plan A commitment in Cheshire
Oaks near Ellesmere Port.
The store, which is expected to open later this year and create
350 new jobs, aims to become the retailers most carbon efficient
and provide a business showcase.
Architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson won a competition to secure
the project with a design, which reflects the Plan A concept. As a
result, the design strategy addresses several sustainability
issues, including; carbon, waste, biodiversity, community,
material, travel and access across the 209,068 sq ft store.
The design uses a range of sustainable technologies and
practices, such as low carbon and carbon absorbing products,
including; 100% FSC-certified engineered softwood timber and hemp
and lime external wall panels.
In addition, M&S claims the store is on track to achieve,
and in some cases exceed, a number of other sustainable and
environmental standards, including; sourcing all timber from
sustainable sources, achieving a BREEAM excellent rating and for
70% of the store's heating to come from heat reclamation and a
It also aims to generate zero construction waste to landfill and
use rainwater harvesting to supply all toilets are irrigate the
store's 'living greenwall'.
M&S Plan A property project manager Rachel Mellows, said:
"These stores are test beds to try new technologies and new ways of
working. Trying things out in a real environment and evaluating
them alongside staff and customers is key."
Ms Mellows and Simons Group environmental champion Ed Dixon, who
helped M&S develop the initiative, will be speaking about the
project at the Greenbuild Expo 2012 on May 9.
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