M&S beats Harrods to top award

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland
M&S chief executive Marc Bolland
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Marks & Spencer has won two prestigious green awards for its new Ecclesall Road store.

The store is the group’s first Sustainable Learning store and the greenest ever store M&S has built. Now it has won the Built Environment category at the Green Business Awards.

The store also beat off tough competition from Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Harrods and Waitrose to be named Retail Project of the Year at the recent Cooling Industry Awards, which recognise the refrigeration and air conditioning industry’s best products and projects.

M&S is planning to build a number of Sustainable Learning stores as part of its drive to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.

The 12,400 sq ft store was built on the site of a former motor dealership and incorporates a host of sustainable design and construction features.

Features include LED lighting, which is 25 per cent more efficient than standard lighting, “sun pipes,” to make use of natural lighting within the store and rainwater harvesting to cut water costs by up to 40 per cent.

Heat expelled by the store’s refrigeration units is also used to warm public areas, while a living roof and wall insulate the store and create habitats for wildlife.

Bricks reclaimed from a local mill were used in the construction, polished concrete floors have removed the need for floor covering, all the waste produced during construction was recycled and the stores car park features charging points for electric cars.