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3 May 2013

Marks & Spencer’s ‘green’ flagship Cheshire Oaks store in Ellesmere Port has won a major regional award for the best sustainable development.

Now the building – the biggest M&S after their Marble Arch flagship store – will be considered in the national final of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) excellence awards to be announced in November.

The award was granted to the development because of complexity of the design and build and the large number of partners involved – including Cheshire West and Chester’s Building Control team who provided site supervision and guidance to the developer, Simons Group, during the construction.

Gary Shields, Cheshire West and Cheshire’s Building Consultancy Manager, said: “We are very proud to have been a part of this development. It has been an excellent example of partnership working between several local authority building control services, working as a team to assist the architect, developer and client in producing a superb energy efficient building.

“Whether we are dealing with Marks and Spencer’s flag ship store or Mr & Mrs Smiths kitchen extension our surveyors are always available to offer their expertise and guidance to our customers throughout Cheshire West.”

LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said: “All our winners demonstrated how attention to detail and a positive working relationship with Building Control departments can achieve high quality and sustainable buildings fit for the future.

“Our awards are unique because they recognise how the work of local authority surveyors helps to improve building standards and boost sustainability and efficiency.

“To produce this highly sustainable building which has 50% lower energy costs and produces 50% less CO2 than similar buildings was a complex task and with responsibilities for different elements of the project spread across the country things were even more complex.

“But early liaison between all the partners made sure of a successful build and the development is a truly stunning example of a modern and green retail building.”

More than 500 people from the construction industry across the north west of England attended the awards at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday, 26 April.

The Cheshire Oaks store’s green credentials include:

• Hemp clad walls to allow the giant store to ‘breathe’.

• Integrated swift and bird boxes and as planted ‘green walls’.

• Rainwater collected in an 80,000 litre underground tank to flush toilets, and a biomass boiler to heat the store.

• A recycled aluminium ceiling which is covered by a material made out of 100 per cent recycled glass bottles.

• Huge banks of soil around the building to provide natural insulation.