A new Marks & Spencer (M&S) Simply Food store boasting a range of eco-friendly features opened its doors to the public for the first time today.
M&S CEO Marc Bolland this morning unveiled the 12,400 sq ft outlet on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, which will play a key part in the business’s drive to become the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015.
Eco-friendly features of the building include LED lighting, which is 25 per cent more efficient than standard systems, and sun pipes that help bring natural lighting onto the shop floor.
All of the timber used in the build is Forest Stewardship Council-certified, while all of the bricks used in the construction have been reclaimed from an old local mill and there is also a green living wall on the outside of the site to attract wildlife.
Furthermore M&S will be harvesting rainwater, reducing its water charges by up to 40 per cent compared to traditional stores of the same size. Customers will also be able to make use of electric car charging points.
Richard Gillies, Director of M&S’s Plan A environmental scheme, said: “We are delighted to be opening this new sustainable learning store in Sheffield, the first of many we plan to build over the next few years.
“This store further shows that M&S is firmly at the forefront of sustainable construction.
“We’ve forged fantastic relationships with local suppliers and community groups, and gone to great lengths to source sustainable materials and expertise in the building of this store.”
It was announced last month that the Simply Food building received a rating of 37.5 out of 40 on the property industry’s Considerate Construction Scheme.
Meanwhile a previous statement from M&S confirmed that around 50 new jobs have been created by the store opening, and all staff have been fully trained so they can understand the environmental features and share their knowledge with customers.