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M&S sustainable learning store completed


McLaughlin & Harvey has successfully handed over the completed Marks & Spencer Monks Cross, York fit-out works.

This 17 week project involved the fast-track fit-out of a 130,000sqft shell within the live Vangarde Retail Park. At the time of the contract, it was Marks & Spencer’s largest scheme on site. Works were carried out over two floors and included installation of scissor escalators, goods and passenger lifts, food hall, general merchandising and café which overlooks the Park’s conservation area and offers panoramic views of York Minster.

As part of M&S’s Plan A strategy, which is their eco and ethical programme aimed at making stores more sustainable, the project is one of M&S’s Sustainable Learning Stores, an ‘experimental store’ to test and evaluate new operational methods. The store is considered as one of the greenest stores built to date by M&S, with two green living walls, 600 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, carbon dioxide refrigeration, and a specially designed boiler to re-use waste heat from plant equipment.

The site was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. A score of 40/50 was awarded and a Performance Beyond Compliance certificate issued.

Marks & Spencer Director of Property, Clem Constantine, commended us on our high quality of finish within the short programme parameter and reduced budget, “It has been completed in record time. It has cost us £168per NSF which again is a record low for us. I’m particularly pleased because quality has been maintained, and in certain situations enhanced despite the reduction in cost.”

McLaughlin & Harvey is delighted to have worked on this important project.

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