Top architecture prize for eco M&S food store

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A ‘GREEN’ Marks and Spencer store in Sheffield has won a major architectural award for its environmental credentials.

The M&S food store on Ecclesall Road, which opened last year, was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects for its ‘living wall’, electric car charging points and wildlife habitats.

Lewis and Hickey Architects, who designed the store, won the institute’s coveted White Rose Award for Sustainability.

The store, constructed on the site of a former car showroom and garage, was built using reclaimed bricks, with 98 per cent of the demolition materials staying on site.

Judges at the architectural awards praised the project, saying Lewis and Hickey had ‘given something back to the street in a form that is a model for others to learn from’.

John Meade, managing director at Lewis and Hickey, said the store was the first of its kind.

He said: “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.

“The whole team was able to challenge the nature of retail shopping and trial new and alternate solutions for the Simply Food format.

“The building takes a simple form - built from second hand bricks with new interior wall and floor finishes.

“A unique heat reclamation system, reusing waste heat from refrigeration systems, heats the staff offices and water supply.”

Munish Datta, head of property at Marks and Spencer, said: “By bringing these sustainable features together in one development, something that is rarely done by retailers, we achieve a whole that is worth far more than the sum of its parts.”