‘Next generation’ supermarket in construction
Supermarket chain Morrisons is set to open a “next generation” superstore in October.
The 4,162 square meter store, which will be located in Peterborough, will be the first in Europe to be lit entirely by LED lights. As a result, it will be entirely maintenance free for the first 50,000 hours, saving both time and money in the replacement of spent or faulty lightbulbs.
The store will use transpired solar collectors along with efficient exterior cladding which will be used to heat the store. This will reduce the amount of fossil fuel energy a store of its size would need to power both the heating and the ventilation.
Additionally, after successful testing at the Morrisons’ Telford, the new store will be fitted with a refrigeration system that does not contain hydrofluorocarbons, the first to adopt it throughout the store and not just in certain sections.
Low carbon store
Clive Pople, retail director of green company Wilmott Dixon, the company entrusted with overseeing the project, told racplus.com what the move could do for the retail industry as a whole, saying, “This will be a low carbon store the entire retail industry will aim to replicate as they look to adopt new ways to reduce reliance on expensive energy and cut running costs.”
Pople told Construction Enquirer, “We will use our learning here to be a strategic partner for customers like Morrisons as we help them meet the challenges created by the UK’s ongoing transformation to a low carbon economy.”