The Waitrose supermarket at the new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford has been awarded the highest ever BREEAM score for a retail development.
The 3,012 sq m BREEAM Outstanding supermarket is run completely off the grid through an energy centre at the new Westfield, which provides the store with all of its heating and cooling requirements.
Waitrose has set a target of ensuring 100 per cent of its electricity is generated from renewable energy sources such as wind power, small scale hydro and biomass.
BRE director Martin Townsend paid tribute to Waitrose as being ‘one of the few retailers’ who follow their BREEAM pledges all the way through to certification.
“To have achieved a 100 per cent rating in some categories (management and waste) is a real achievement because we don’t make things easy. We want to push industry to the edge of what is achievable,” he said.
Mr Townsend told CN he wanted to get the UK’s major retailers around the table to share best practise as BRE looks to develop refurbishment standards based on both a small scale and entire retrofit projects.
RG Carter was employed as the contractor on the Waitrose project at the newly-opened Westfield store.
Waitrose head of construction, engineering and environment Tony Jacob said: “As a business working in an incredibly tough sector, efficiency is going to be running through everything that we do. We see the environment as something that enhances that challenge. The carbon efficiency of our stores is important and BREEAM helps us to cement that thinking way ahead of the curve.
“We are setting ourselves a 20 per cent capital efficiency with some very strict criteria including that the efficency cannot be to the detriment of the work we are already doing so we have to deliver improvements on carbon and capital efficiency.”
Mr Townsend said he wanted to see consistent metrics applied by major retailers so benchmarking data could be used to improve in-use performances of retail outlets and said he wanted Waitrose to be part of those discussions.
Among the features at the Waitrose Stratford store is:
Connection to Westfield’s Energy Centre resulting in a carbon reduction of more than 20 per cent.
Fit-out materials all carry Environmental Management System certification.
Excellent public transport links
Water saving sanitary ware and technologies, such as sanitary supply shut-off valves, installed as standard specification.
Free cooling in the form of cold air retrieval from the refrigerated cabinets used.
An ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate