As part of its campaign to become the world’s most sustainable retailer Marks & Spencer launched its ‘Plan A’ campaign. The initiative saw the company set out 180 sustainability based commitments that must be met by 2015.
This commitment placed stringent design requirements on the new store and to assist in achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ design rating, and fall in line with the ‘Plan A’ ethos, Senior Architectural Systems Hybrid timber composite curtain walling was selected.
The store boasts a spacious shop floor for customers, benefitting from maximum natural daylight streaming in from the double height floor to ceiling glazed areas, and a uniquely designed exposed ceiling using FSC® certified glulam beams, removing the need for a suspended ceiling.
Other sustainable features include a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting tank, water efficiency measures such as waterless urinals and sensor taps, a bio diverse planting and landscaping and community initiatives including the creation of 350 jobs and a number of employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
Aukett Fitzroy Robinson