M&S paints the Toon green

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled new plans for a major green upgrade at one of its stores in Newcastle. The company aims to transform its Northumberland Street supermarket into […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled new plans for a major green upgrade at one of its stores in Newcastle.

The company aims to transform its Northumberland Street supermarket into “one of the most eco-friendly and visually impressive” stores in the north east.

The store will feature a 167 square metre green wall built from nearly 16,000 individual plants, energy efficient LEDs, including in-fridge units.

It will also include a heat reclaim system that is expected to boost energy efficiency by capturing excess heat and redistributing it throughout the store.

The new technologies are expected to improve the Newcastle store’s energy efficiency by 20%.

Chris Marney, Head of Engineering and Energy Efficiency at M&S said: “M&S Newcastle is our first large store in the UK where we are refitting a wide range of sustainable features of this nature and scale. These changes will bring us one step closer to achieving our Plan A 2020 energy efficiency targets.”

Last year the company upped its energy efficiency target from 35% to 50% per square foot by 2020.