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AFR's super green Marks & Spencer store smashes eco-targets

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Aukett Fitzroy Robinson’s RIBA Award-winning Marks & Spencer store in Cheshire Oaks, Merseyside has smashed predictions for both energy usage and carbon emissions

Monitoring funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s Building Performance Evaluation programme has revealed that the Aukett Fitzroy Robinson–designed building is performing significantly better than expected.

The store uses 42 per cent less energy than an equivalent standard store, exceeding targets which called for the building to be 30 per cent more energy efficient, with 35 per cent less carbon emissions than a benchmark M&S store.

Carbon emissions are 40 per cent lower per square foot than a benchmark M&S store.

Hempcrete walls and good levels of airtightness have resulted in the building using 60 per cent less heating fuel than originally predicted.

Clem Constantine, M&S director of UK & International property and store development, said: ‘The results of Cheshire Oak’s POE have highlighted the importance of learning from stores that are not only sustainable and part of the communities in which they operate but also create a connection with our employees and customers too.’

The performance results are outstanding

Ian Meikle, head of the Low Impact Buildings Programme at the Technology Strategy Board, added: ‘M&S Cheshire Oaks is one of our star projects, with core business benefits aplenty. M&S is fully committed to improving the performance of its Cheshire Oaks store. The performance results are outstanding, as are staff and customers measures of satisfaction. M&S is taking a leadership position in demonstrating that good, energy efficient design is good for business.’

Suzette Vela Burkett, managing director of Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, commented: ‘This was a flagship project that brought together the best of innovative design and renewable materials, but post-occupancy is always the true test of a building’s success. Now one year on, this performance has demonstrated that high quality sustainable design can produce superb results, not only for the environment but also for businesses.’

The BREEAM Excellent building which is the second largest M&S store in the UK, was completed in 2012.

Monitored data

Air tightness 2.93m³/h.m² @ 50Pa
Annual electricity consumption 275kWh/m²
Annual gas consumption 24kWh/m²
Annual wood pellet consumption 14kWh/m²




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