The ‘eco-fit-out’ of a 70,000sqft Marks and Spencer store at the Silverburn Mall in Pollok, Glasgow. The retail giant is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2012 and this is the first new build project in line with M&S’ Plan A strategy.
Being one of the three first Plan A fit-outs (all designed by 3DReid), the project has given the opportunity for 3DReid to have a defining input into the concept design and delivery. The shell was already 75% complete at the time of the Plan A announcement so the design team had to quickly develop a new design strategy in order to incorporate a number of environmental initiatives.
Energy requirements and emissions are reduced though reduction in ambient lighting levels from 1000 lux to 800; energy efficient lighting systems, including daylight sensors; combined heat and power; alongside an energy sub-metering system in addition to a full displacement ventilation system.
The design introduces a range of new BREEAM ‘A’ rated materials to the store such as formaldehyde free MDF, recycled vinyl and carpeting with a high recycled content.
Water consumption is reduced through rainwater harvesting and grey water recovery, 4/2 litre dual flush toilets, waterless urinals, limited flow percussion taps and reduced flow staff showers.
On visiting the store the most visible impact of the Plan A initiative is the ceiling raft system. The ceiling reduces materials consumption by up to 60%. The ratio of 40:60 solid to void not only reduces material requirements but helps maximise the efficiency of the displacement ventilation system giving further benefits of energy efficiency and lower emissions.
The BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating criteria and continues to do so as further figures are calculated and incorporated into the assessment.