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Award for M&S Cheshire Oaks Store

An award for outstanding contribution to the work of FSC® in the UK has been presented to Marks and Spencer for the construction of their Cheshire Oaks retail outlet. The awards, which were launched in 2011 to mark the UN International Year of Forests, are presented to organisations or businesses that have worked, through a particular project or activity, to promote responsible forestry within the UK.

The award was presented by FSC® UK Executive Director, Charles Thwaites MBE, to Richard Gillies, M&S Director of Plan A, CSR and Sustainable Business, at the store on 5th October. Also in attendance were Paul Hodgkinson CBE, Chairman of Simons Group and Ed Dixon, M&S Property Plan A Project Manager.

Simons Group were responsible for the construction of Cheshire Oaks, along with the project development with M&S. Paul Hodgkinson CBE, Chairman of Simons Group attended the award ceremony at Cheshire Oaks and said: "Making sure that every part of the Supply Chain understood and complied with the requirements of our development, shell construction and fitting out instructions regarding FSC®, was a significant extra duty for our team. At all stages we had to instruct, explain, verify and check that they had met our standards. When seen again the unique design and delivery mechanism we are delighted that this effort has been recognised, for both M&S and all our team members."

Simons Group’s Sustainability Champion Rosi Fieldson has been ensuring the FSC® standards were in place throughout construction & was thrilled to hear of the award: "Receiving this award is a real validation of the effort which our customer M&S are making to eliminate unsustainable timber from the retail sector of the construction industry. We are delighted to have been able to achieve Full FSC® Project Certification (TT-PRO-003615, 2012). We couldn't have done it without a massive team effort from our supply chain and team on site, particularly our Environmental Champion Ed Dixon who managed all the folders of delivery paperwork and tallied all the timber volumes for auditing.”

Ed Dixon is currently working on secondment from Simons to M&S, helping to conduct the post occupancy of Cheshire Oaks and lead on the timber & construction waste commitments for Plan A.

FSC® is a forest certification scheme which tracks timber from well managed woodlands right through to the final products. The Cheshire Oaks store has been awarded full project certification (TT-PRO-003615, 2012) by BM TRADA. It is one of only a handful of retail buildings in the country to have met the strict FSC® project criteria. Several subcontractors had to become FSC® certified themselves specifically for the Cheshire Oaks project. Impressively, almost 100% of the timber delivered to site is FSC® certified, sending a positive message to others that it is possible to place FSC® at the heart of such large scale construction projects.

Charles Thwaites MBE, Executive Director of FSC® UK said: “FSC® logos have been prominent in M&S stores for many years now, featuring on garden furniture and greeting cards and even sandwich packaging and till receipts. Now M&S are moving beyond this by using FSC® certified material in the construction of its stores. The certification of the new Cheshire Oaks store demonstrates the depth of their commitment to incorporate responsibly sourced FSC® wood into every aspect of their work.”

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