The Cheshire Oaks store

17 July 2013 — A wooden roof, made up of 1400 square metres of curved glulam beams at Marks & Spencer’s Cheshire Oaks store, has been named runner up in the Building or Property Project Award at the 2degrees Sustainability Champions Awards.

The awards, announced on 10 July, were established “to recognise, reward, and celebrate those responsible for pushing the boundaries in creating and executing sustainability initiatives that deliver real value within both their organisations and the 2degrees community”. The organisation is a group  of more than 32,000 professionals and businesses that work collaboratively to solve common business problems.

The roof is the store’s most sustainable feature. By using wood, there is 20 per cent less dead weight, which means less structure and foundations are needed.

The winner of the Building or Property Project went to Manchester’s One Angel Square, one of the most sustainable large buildings in Europe and built to a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

One Angel Square is powered by a biodiesel cogeneration plant using rapeseed oilto provide electricity and heat, and makes use of natural resources, maximising passive solar gainfor heat and using natural ventilation through its double-kin facade, adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and waste heat recycling.

The £115 million building is the flagship headquarters for The Co-operative Group, a consumer-owned company which has a goal of being the most socially responsible business in the UK.

The building is designed to operate with at least an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption and a £500,000 a year saving on utility bills compared to the company’s old head office.

One Angel Square

Commended was Norway’s Green Mountain Data Centre, dubbed “The Greenest Data Centre in the World”.

Other winners were:

  • 2degrees Member of the Year – Environment Advisor, Bristol City Council – Giles Liddell
  • Energy & Carbon Management – Long-Term – S C Johnson – Wind Turbine Project: SC Johnson Waxdale Facility
  • Energy & Carbon Management – Short-Term – Dawn Meats Group – Thermal Energy Reduction Using Space Technology
  • External Communications Campaign – Pukka Herbs – Create a Beautiful World
  • Internal Engagement – Telefonica O2 UK – Think Big Tour de O2
  • Personality of the Year – Broadcaster and naturalist – David Attenborough
The Green Mountain Data Centre
  • Solution of the Year – Pop-Up-Foundation – Designing Sustainable Solutions for Our Urban World
  • Supply Chain Management – Unilever – Leveraging Our Scale to Offer More Sustainable Customer Solutions
  • Supporting Player of the Year – Social Enterprise Mark Company – Lucy Findlay
  • Sustainability Champion of the Year – BskyB – Daniella Vega
  • Waste & Resource Management – Food Establishments Recycling Nutrients – A Real Solution for Responsible Waste Treatment in Lebanon
  • Water Management – Molson Coors Brewing Company – Every Drop Every Ripple

2degrees has a membership of 32,000 individual professionals and businesses who use its online platform and events program to share best practice and solve common business problems together.

Members can connect with peers and experts online and face-to-face, gain insights into the issues, impacts and business benefits of sustainability, engage and influence their stakeholders to achieve business goals, collaborate to solve common problems and find sustainable solution providers.