Projects > Marks and Spencer
- Client: Marks and Spencer
- Size: 18,100sqm / 195,000sqft
- Services: Retail
Our flagship sustainable store for M&S, in Cheshire Oaks near Chester, is their largest outside of London at 195,000sqft over two floors. It has the highest environmental accreditation of any M&S store, having received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, making use of free air cooling, a biomass boiler and incorporating WRAP principles to ‘design out waste’.
The elegant structural frame, visible from inside the store and which lends the building its external form, assists in bringing north light into the building, flooding the store with natural light throughout the day. Walls are constructed from Hempcrete, which provides a highly thermally insulated building that absorbs carbon throughout the building’s life.
At completion, it was winner of both the National and Regional RIBA Awards, the RIBA Sustainability Award, and also received the BCSC Gold Award for Sustainability.