Green coffee on the menu at Parc Tawe

Published:  11 April, 2017

Costa continues roll-out of Eco Pod concept on retail parks

Hammerson is bringing Costa’s carbon neutral Eco Pod concept to Parc Tawe in Swansea, South Wales. The 2,000-sq ft store will be the second Eco Pod that Hammerson has delivered to its retail park portfolio following the successful debut of the award winning concept at Wrekin Retail Park, Telford in 2015.

The Eco Pod, which uses environmentally-friendly building design and innovative energy saving technologies, will open in the Autumn. Initiatives used to create this building, which is carbon neutral, excluding energy consumed by internal operating equipment, include:

  • A special timber frame constructed using sustainably sourced timber as an alternative to a traditional steel frame, reducing the embodied carbon footprint of the building.
  • A super-insulated facade using wood with excellent energy retention properties (keeping more heat in during the winter and also helping to keep the interior cool in summer)
  • Intelligent orientation of the building to achieve optimum levels of sun and shade, impacting on overall energy requirements for heating and cooling
  • Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof

Richard Haynes, development manager at Hammerson, said: “Together, we have a track record of creating award winning buildings, which reduce costs and limit carbon pricing risk to our businesses, whilst at the same time delivering the environmental benefits which are so vital to our future and integral to our Net Positive ambitions.”

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