Woods Hardwick designs new Tesco Eco Store in Newmarket, planning received

Bedford-based Architects, Engineers and Development Consultants Woods Hardwick have received planning approval for a new Tesco Eco Store in Newmarket, Suffolk. The single-food store comprises a sales area of 70,000 sq ft and will feature a mezzanine-level customer café and staff office accommodation.

The building, along with a Petrol Filling Station, will sit within a landscaped environment and will replace an adjacent existing Tesco foodstore on the site.

The new store has been designed from the outset to have a low environmental impact.

As with Wood Hardwick’s design for the Tesco Eco Store in Corby, the Newmarket development will aim for a high BREEAM rating (Very Good), and meet statutory requirements of Tesco’s own stringent environmental criteria.

The Newmarket development incorporates both sustainable material choices and energy efficient elements. These include a combined heat and power unit, a draught lobby to reduce heat loss, rainwater harvesting, improved service metering and CO2 refrigeration to reduce carbon emissions.

The store will feature a mixed mode ventilation scheme, utilising roof-mounted windcatchers, and large format rooflights will deliver natural daylight deep into the sales floor. The rooflights will supplement the need for artificial light and help to prevent excess heat gain or loss.

Clad in a combination of glazed curtain walling to the front elevation and timber cassette panels faced in a larch outer rainscreen to the side elevations. Internally the engineered timber frame will be exposed. This not only links the strong visual aesthetic of timber inside and out, but the frame reduces the building’s embedded carbon by 20-25%.

Woods Hardwick stated:

“Along with siting the building, appropriate to adjacent occupiers and with an orientation to maximise the site potential and internal building environment, consideration has been given to ‘eco-friendly’ building methods and an energy efficient fit out.

“The use of natural daylight, full height glazing, large format rooflights, overhangs and a canopy to the front elevation to reduce solar glare and gain have all been important design considerations too. These will help the store feel light and welcoming, replacing one that felt cramped and outdated.”

Construction work on site is expected to commence in Spring 2014.

A Tesco spokesperson commented that the expanded store would be one of the company’s most eco-friendly.

The store will be almost twice the size of the one it replaces on Fordham Road which was opened in the 1980s. Tesco aims to deliver an improved shopping experience with the new store, while also creating 200 new jobs.

Simon Petar, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, has said:

“It is now over two years since we jointly announced plans to build a replacement store on our existing site in Newmarket. Our commitment to that multi-million pound investment is as strong today as it was back in 2011. We will deliver a fantastic and improved shopping experience, while also creating 200 new jobs for the community.”