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Willmott Dixon set to build £9.5m low-carbon Morrisons store

Willmott Dixon is set to build a £9.5 million low-carbon supermarket that will contain a number of unique green features.

The 4,162 sq m Morrisons store in Peterborough will be entirely lit by LED lighting as well as having a ceiling made out of north-facing windows and south facing solar photo-voltaic panels.

A solar wall system will be installed on the building’s south side cladding to heat up air in voids within the cladding and then draw it into the building’s heating and ventilation system to reduce the amount of fossil fuel energy required.

Willmott Dixon’s retail director, Clive Pople said: “This will be a low carbon store the entire retail industry will aim to replicate as they look to adopt new ways to reduce reliance on expensive energy and cut running costs.

“We will use our learning here to be a strategic partner for customers like Morrisons as we help them meet the challenges created by the UK’s ongoing transformation to a low carbon economy.”

The store’s refrigeration system will use hydrocarbons rather than energy-intensive Hydrofluorocarbons and the Peterborough store will be the first Morrisons to adopt this throughout the premises following extensive testing.

Other green features include electric car charging points and rainwater harvesting for the toilet flushing system, enabling it to become one of only a select few retail facilities to achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent.

The store will be completed in September before opening to the public in October following an internal fit-out.

Willmott Dixon is working with architect Davis Weatherill Partnership, M&E consultant NG Bailey and refrigeration partner Honeywell.

Willmott Dixon’s in-house low carbon brand Re-Thinking provided support in targeting BREEAM excellent and helped Davis Weatherill Partnership with the selection of materials.

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