A New ‘eco-friendly’ Spar store and forecourt — incorporating a mature oak tree in its design — opens in Co Down today with the creation of 30 jobs.
Environment Minister Edwin Poots will unveil the new 4,000ft Lagan Valley store, which has been designed to have a small ‘carbon footprint’.
It also uses Thermo wood cladding to blend in with the surrounding Lagan Valley Regional Park. A new rainwater harvesting system has also been built in which will use surplus water from the fuel canopy for flushing toilets and for the car wash.
Mark Adrian, property director at Spar owner the Henderson Group, said the development would be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. David Anderson, owner of Anderson Architects which masterminded the development, said the finished product showed “how the design of a busy forecourt site can fit succinctly with the environment and not compete with it”.
“It is a novel rethinking of the petrol station forecourt and supermarket concept, which we hope can be brought to some more of their redevelopment projects.”
The store was redeveloped as part of the Henderson Group’s £10m investment in the upgrade and extension of its estate.