New M&S store goes ultra green

IT’S not just green, it’s Marks and Spencer green.

The new Simply Food store due to open next month in Ecclesall Road is being described as the company’s most environmentally conscious.

Bricks have been reclaimed from an old mill, timber has come from managed sources and a sedum roof and green ‘living wall’ are designed to make wildlife feel at home as well as to insulate the building.

The toilets will use harvested rainwater, heat from refrigeration units will keep the store warm and polished concrete floors will remove the need for additional floor covering.

There are bird boxes around the perimeter of the site of the former car showroom and 62 types of plants are growing on or around the store.

The car park has electric car charging points and LED screens in the store to give customers bus information.

Director of property and store development, Clem Constantine, said: “This store represents a big milestone in our sustainable construction programme as we are installing a host of unique technologies and features.

“Each of these sustainable features is remarkable in its own right. However, by bringing them all together in one development, something that is rarely done by retailers, we will achieve a whole that is worth far more than the sum of its parts”.

Mr Constantine said that M&S aimed to be the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.

The store and cafe will employ 50 staff. All jobs have been taken.