M&S Eco Store, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Project: Marks and Spencers Eco Store, Sheffield
Client: Marks and Spencers
Architect: Lewis Hickey
Start Date: June 2010
Completion Date: March 2011
Background: As part of their ‘Plan A’ strategy, Marks and Spencer’s opened their most eco-friendly store to date at Eccleshall Road, Sheffield. The new 12,400 square foot Simply Food store is designed to reduce its environmental impact in both its construction and operation. The store was built on a Brownfield site rather than renovating an existing store to make the most of recovered materials, and any waste created in the stores production was recycled or reused.
Products: In 2006, a Furnitubes design study looked into ecological bollard options that would offer enhanced benefits in terms of Reducing, Re-Use and Recycling. The Mesh bollard was designed and prototyped and feedback from potential clients was positive.
M&S were after an environmentally friendly solution to protect the perimeter of the store and their architect, Lewis Hickey, asked Furnitubes if they were able to provide an eco-friendly solution that could also act as an anti-ram raid component. Furnitubes were able to combine the Mesh bollard with a fully galvanised inner security core to create unique mesh (gabion) bollards for the site.
The bollards feature a galvanised mild steel mesh frame and steel band (for reflective tape) and a heavy duty galvanised steel security inner core. The gap between the outer mesh and the steel inner core was filled with locally sourced stones.
The bollards have a 200mm diameter and were installed 1000mm above ground to comply with BS 8300:2009 British Standard regulations regarding height and visibility to meet the needs of disabled people.
The bollards at the M&S Eco store has achieved the three R’s of the environment:
Reduce – The bollards are filled with materials on site, reducing transporting costs.
Re-use – The mesh bollards can be filled with re-used stones, aggregate or other locally reclaimed materials, helping to reduce the use of landfill.
Recycle - Furnitubes steel, used for the construction of the mesh and inner core, is 100% recyclable.
The end result was attractive, modern bollards that were in keeping with the environmental ethos of the store whilst providing security and protection against ram-raiding. There are plans to use the bollards at other M&S Eco-sites.