Simons group short-listed for sustainability achievement at property awards
Simons Group have been short-listed for Property Week 2013's Sustainability Achievement Award for work undertaken at M&S' ecostore at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port. Returning for its 18th year on Wednesday 17 April, the Property Awards 2013 will reward excellence and outstanding performance in the UK property market.
Property Week refers to the finalists in the Sustainability Achievement category as "a tangible achievement over the last year, a team who has stood out, consistently delivered and continually innovated".
Cheshire Oaks is bursting at the seams with credible sustainable features.
The building is designed to be 35% more carbon efficient and 30% more energy efficient than a peer store. It has a BREEAM (Retail 2006) rating of 'Excellent' (74.65%), Full FSC® Project Certification (TT-PRO-003615) and is the first retail building in the UK to have a timber structure which is 100% FSC® certified. The building has 30% recycled content by value excluding renewable materials and the store bears a retail first for having super insulated, breathable hemcrete and hemp insulation wall panels, providing thermal stability and proven air tightness. A biomass boiler and heat reclaim from refrigeration is expected to deliver 70% of heating required by the store and the 80,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank feeds 30% of sanitary and irrigation needs. Over 60% of aggregates used in the ground works are from locally recycled sources, with locally sourced virgin aggregates and natural stone gabion walls.
M&S' Plan A Property team set Simons the target of no waste to landfill during construction; a target that Simons are incredibly proud to have achieved.
There are 12,000m2 of planting, including an extensive green wall planting system on car park elevations, with an enhanced SUDS swale, designed to attract wildlife and ensure that Simons Group's 'Building Greener' target of ensuring more biodiversity is left at a project than was there originally has been achieved at Cheshire Oaks. Simons ensured comprehensive ecological enabling works, including re-homing amphibians, regular inspections during construction, and ecological advice was given by the company's 'Building Greener' team for landscaping and management for re-habitation, along with long term maintenance of biodiversity.
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