Projex approached Costa with the idea after launching a joint venture with Emission Zero architects looking at how eco buildings might work in different commercial sectors. Costa then developed the eco-pod initiative in partnership with Hammerson , the retail property specialist, which owns the retail park and facilitated the delivery of the new concept store. Projex subsequently provided cost advice and project management services including CDM-C pre and post-contract along with Employers Agent service post contract.
The development is pioneering for retail units of this type owing to the “Zero Energy” design and collaborative working of the supply chain to develop the concept from desk top theory into reality. Specialist subcontractors have worked in conjunction with the architects, services engineers and Projex from feasibility status, taking the concept to the developer on the basis of providing a complete shell delivery incorporating associated external workstrading. The project works commenced on site Oct 2014 and completed February 2015. The design principles drive a zero energy building, whereby the running costs are set off by the energy savings generated by sustainable solutions such as thermal mass heating and cooling, passive ventilation and photovoltaic energy storage. By embracing the supply chain from desk top feasibility as opposed to the more conventional post contract design and build introduction, Projex has generated a sustainable building with zero energy performance and understated aesthetic appeal with the potential to become market leading.
More than 50% of the energy used in a ‘conventional’ unit was saved during its first month of trading. Costa is now monitoring the performance of the unit in order to learn more about sustainable building design which in the future could potentially be incorporated in their coffee shops and help shape the wider industry. Please view our infographic here.