|By PR Newswire||
|September 5, 2012 10:46 AM EDT||
GLASGOW, Scotland, September 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has completed a £4.1 million sustainable mechanical and electrical package at the new flagship Marks & Spencer (M&S) at Cheshire Oaks - the company's most environmentally conscious store.
Designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson and built by main contractor Simons Group, the Cheshire Oaks store is one of the most high profile sustainable retail projects ever undertaken in the UK. Specifically designed to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating, the new 148,000 sq ft store incorporates a range of cutting edge technologies and building materials to deliver energy and carbon savings of between 30% and 35% when compared to the company's traditionally built stores.
For the delivery of the building services package BBES employed a range of sustainable manufacturing and installation techniques, such as the offsite prefabrication of the building's plant room. This has helped to minimise energy use in the store's construction process.
BBES' comprehensive M&E package included full fit out and external works including energy monitoring, waterless urinals, lighting controls, a biomass boiler, HFC free air handling units, displacement ventilation, electric car charging points and an 80,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank. Also, in line with a nationwide energy efficiency scheme which has seen BBES upgrade the lighting in 170 of the retailer's existing stores, LED low energy lighting has been installed externally at Cheshire Oaks.
As well as sustainable M&E systems, environmental impact has been carefully considered throughout the design, specification and construction process. Materials, systems and building fabrics were all carefully selected, such as bird boxes and roof insulation made from recycled bottle glass, a roof-light, hydrocarbon refrigeration system and walls made from Hemclad® - a revolutionary and renewable hemp and lime based cladding system which allows the store to 'breathe'.
The building's complex roof structure incorporates an impressive exposed ceiling that was made using only 100% FSC certified glulam beams, which removed the need for a suspended ceiling. This once again reduces the use of materials and complements the project's sustainability credentials, including responsible specification of materials and minimisation of waste.
Officially opened on the 29 August, M&S Cheshire Oaks will stand as a flagship development for sustainability in retail construction. Support for Marks & Spencer's aim to become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2015, was perfectly demonstrated by the use of BBES' sustainable M&E solutions which helped create the most carbon efficient mainline store in the company's estate.
Notes to Editors:
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services delivers unparalleled expert knowledge in mechanical and electrical engineering. As part of the Balfour Beatty Group and with revenues of £550 million and a workforce of 3,200 highly skilled and motivated people, we embrace the very latest technology to offer a unique blend of services from three specialist divisions: Building Services, Engineering Construction and Power, all supported by the resources of an international construction and engineering group.
Building Services focuses on providing outstanding UK-wide mechanical and electrical services in all construction sectors. From education and healthcare to industry and commerce, the division has a broad geographical spread and actively encourages the use of environmentally-efficient technology.
With offices throughout the UK, specialist modular systems manufacturing facilities and the resources of an international construction and engineering group behind them, the company, quite simply, has a single focus to offer a total service for all its customers.
At Balfour Beatty Sustainability is a collective responsibility. We're working together to make it an integral part of our culture and a recognised strength of Balfour Beatty worldwide.
We believe that profitable markets, healthy communities and environmental limits are not competing interests; they are shared outcomes that closely align with one another. In order to be a successful and profitable company, we need to realise that alignment.
Sustainability touches every aspect of our business. It affects our behaviour, impacts our costs, creates new business opportunities, sharpens our competitive edge and helps us contribute to our customers' long-term profitability.