MMA Supplies Green Wall to M&S at Cheshire Oaks

Posted by Barry Pearson on October 30, 2012  |   Comments Off on MMA Supplies Green Wall to M&S at Cheshire Oaks

MMA has completed the installation of a Jakob Green Wall system for a new flagship Marks & Spencer store, which is due to open at the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet in Ellesmere Port later this year.

The Green Wall, which has been installed on one of the external walls of the store’s car park, has been designed to provide a suitable structure for plants to climb up and comprises a combination of Jakob’s Webnet stainless steel mesh system and stainless steel wire ropes – each covering about 300m².

These two systems allow the plants to establish a combination of both attractive vertical columns and blanket coverage.  The vertical column effect uses single 4mm diameter ropes attached to the metalwork with specially adapted spacers, whilst the blanket coverage effect is achieved by a Jakob Webnet system of 2mm diameter ropes configured in a diamond pattern.  This was again supported from the metal work with specially adapted spacers and 6mm diameter ropes.

A key part of the building’s sustainable design, the climbing plants will not only use the Jakob stainless steel wire trellis system to provide an aesthetic and ever-changing cover for part of the car park façade, but will also help protect it from the elements, trap particulates from car exhausts, give thermal and acoustic insulation and provide a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.

As the UK’s sole supplier of the proven Jakob range, MMA was responsible for the supply and installation of the system, a role which included the development of purpose-designed spacers to enable the Green Wall structure to be attached to the car park’s metal beams.  Commenting on the work, MMA Director, Nikki Errington said: “Green Walls offer such a wide range of environmental benefits that it’s great to be involved in a project such as this which has sustainability at its heart.  We’re looking forward to seeing the planting become firmly established and to the wall truly becoming a living part of the site.”

This is one of a series of new stores that form part of Marks & Spencer’s ‘Plan A’ programme, which aims to make it the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015 and to be carbon neutral by the end of 2012.

With the Jakob Green Wall helping to contribute to its reduced carbon emissions, the store is set to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent, making it one of the most sustainable retail outlets in the UK.