The biodiversity features at Waitrose' lowest carbon store to date include a living wall, hedgerows instead of fences and bat and bird boxes enhance the store’s environment and foster the local ecosystem.
The car park even includes a space designed for insects and other bugs. Named ‘the bug hotel’ and made with the help of local school children from Bracknell, the telephone box sized space contains sub-compartments, each designed to encourage different species to make the box their habitat.
The living wall was installed by Hedera Screens and uses Mobilane live panels. Each section includes a substrate which makes sure the plants thrive rather than survive. Katherine Moore, business development manager at Hedera said: “It takes very little effort to maintain given that it has a fully automated irrigation system within the rooting substrate which also provides the plants with essential nutrients.”
From 2012 all new or significantly refurbished stores will have a biodiversity plan. Nigel Keen, director of development at Waitrose said: “As a food retailer, boosting Britain’s biodiversity is important to us; given the vital role that wildlife plays in the pollination of crops.”
The Bracknell store aims to achieve BREEAM Outstanding for retail.
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