M&S food store wins green award
A branch of Marks and Spencer in Sheffield has been given an award for its architectural style and ' green' features.
The M&S food store was commended by the Royal Institute of British Architects for its 'living wall', electric car charging points and wildlife habitats. Its architects, Lewis and Hickey Architects, were delighted to be handed the prestigious White Rose Award for Sustainability.
"This is Marks and Spencer's first sustainable learning store where we were able to create a new building which reflects the company's green commitments," said John Meade, managing director at Lewis and Hickey.
"The whole team was able to challenge the nature of retail shopping and trial new and alternate solutions for the Simply Food format."
The shop opened last year on Ecclesall Road and was built on the site of a former car garage using reclaimed bricks and keeping 98 per cent of the demolition materials on site and Mr Meade explained that it is also very energy efficient.
"The building takes a simple form - built from second hand bricks with new interior wall and floor finishes," he added.
"A unique heat reclamation system, reusing waste heat from refrigeration systems, heats the staff offices and water supply."
And the judges responsible for deciding on the destination of the award said that not only was Lewis and Hickey's project hugely impressive but it had also "given something back to the street in a form that is a model for others to learn from".
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