Project: Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks
Client: Simons Group
Genlec has carried out a full programme of M&E works for the Simons Group as part of a £52m Marks and Spencer development at Cheshire Oaks, the second largest of the firms stores in the country.
Genlec formed part of the wider contracting team who successfully delivered and handed over the two-storey 151,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer store at Cheshire Oaks, Wirral.
The store is also the retail giants third ‘sustainable learning store’ and was built as part of a wider commitment to deliver the most sustainably operated and carbon efficient building project conceivable. Introducing a range of sustainable measures, utilising green building materials and processes, the store was designed to be 42% more energy efficient and 40% more carbon efficient than other M&S stores.
MEP works where delivered across a 63 week period and included the installation of a Biomass boiler with heat reclaim from food refrigeration. A rainwater harvesting system will displace a third of the store’s water demand i.e. to serve the green walls and toilets whilst a SUD strategy was introduced to slow surface water infiltration into the drainage system with the installation of permeable hard standing and swale. Upon completion, 100% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
“This was a really interesting scheme that focused heavily on creating a sustainable building that would dramatic improve efficiency, both in terms of the build itself and for future use. The MEP works naturally formed an integral part of the process and we introduced and installed a range of green measures as part of the process. “We completed our aspect of works on time, within budget, once again meeting all of our clients goals and aspirations.”Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director of Genlec
Upon completion, the building scored over 80% for the following BREEAM categories achieving an excellent rating: Management, Energy, Water, Pollution and Materials & Waste. This demonstrated that a holistic approach to sustainability was achieved for the build. Crucially hard to achieve credits in Energy and Materials & Waste Categories were met through innovative design and embedding sustainable procurement within the supply chain.
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