A new 12,400 sq ft Marks & Spencer (M&S) store in Sheffield opening in April is set to be the most sustainable outlet in the retailer’s history, it was announced today.
Out of a score of 40 on the Considerate Construction Scheme, an environmental measurement set up by the property industry, the Simply Food building on Ecclesall Road has received a rating of 37.5.
Almost all of the materials used to build the store are recycled, with all the bricks reclaimed from an old mill, while 100 per cent of the construction waste created by the development has been recycled.
Once opened, the store will reduce its water costs by 40 per cent by using collected rainwater, carbon output will cut by 23 per cent by using heat expelled from refrigeration units, and a living wall and various vegetation has been installed around the site to help insulate the building.
Clem Constantine, Director of Property & Store Development at M&S, said: “This store represents a big milestone in our sustainable construction programme as we are installing a host of unique technologies and features.
“Each of these sustainable features is remarkable in its own right, however by bringing them all together in one development, something that is rarely done by retailers, we will achieve a whole that is worth far more than the sum of its parts.”
M&S aims to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015 and research announced at the World Retail Congress at the end of last year showed that it is already considered the most sustainable by the general public.
The new Sheffield store, which will create around 50 new jobs, was built from scratch on a former brownfield site.
Amongst its other features will be its innovative use of energy saving lighting through LEDs and sun pipes and electric car charging points.
Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, commented: “This is an impressive achievement, not only for its host of environmental features and the positive social effect it will have on the local community, but also the lessons that will be learnt for both M&S and the wider construction industry.”
Other recent innovations at M&S include recycled polyester clothing labels, an augmented reality trial, participation in O2’s location-based marketing service and rumours of trying banks in-store.