M & S Cheshire Oaks - entrance
Client: Marks and Spencer
Photographer: Paul White
Built over two floors, this 18,000m² building is the largest store for Marks & Spencer outside London. This is a powerful new statement about M&S’s belief in its future, extremely well envisioned and delivered by their architects, Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
The rolling timber roof form is powerful and memorable, as is its landscape in its rather sanitised edge-of-town setting. The store is warm, colourful, spacious and filled with light and no doubt hugely popular within its catchment area.
The store has much to commend it, most notably its many green credentials, which include heat recovery from fridges, powerpoints for electric vehicles, rainwater recovery, ‘hempcrete’ walls and natural biodiversity. The store’s manager enthusiastic community liaison officer were eloquent in their praise for their highly sustainable building.
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