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First sustainable M&S stores opens

7 September 2011 No Comment

Marks & Spencer has opened its first sustainable store in Sheffield, to much industry acclaim.

Incorporating a host of eco-friendly design features, the Ecclesall Road site is being called “their greenest ever store” according to the Association of Sustainability Practitioners, commenting at asp.online.org.

The store features a ‘living wall’

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Built on the site of a former car showroom, the store features a ‘living wall’ and is claimed to be M&S’s most sustainable store in the UK.

It is the first of many new Marks and Spencer ‘Sustainable Learning’ stores that has been completed and forms part of the retailer’s Plan A eco-programme.

Sustainable construction programme

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The store features LED lighting throughout, plus a huge LED screen, which provides shoppers with real-time public transport information, a green ‘living wall’ and electric car charging points.

Externally, bricks were recycled from a local mill and ‘sun pipes’ will be used to allow natural light into the store. Roof cladding will allow for rainwater harvesting, the product of which can be used to flush toilets and irrigate the “living wall.”

100% of the construction waste has been recycled

One of the greatest achievements is that 100 per cent of the construction waste has been recycled.

Speaking at the opening of the store, director of property and store development, Clem Constantine, told building.co.uk:

“This store represents a big milestone in our sustainable construction programme. Each of the sustainable features installed is remarkable in its own right. However, by bringing them all together, we will achieve a whole that is worth far more that the sum of its parts.”

Commentators have pointed out that while the building is very impressive, they aren’t sure if equal thought has been given to sustainability as has been into the manufacture of the products on the shelves. This is a point upon which Marks & Spencer are now pondering.

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