The 92,000 sq ft shop, which has been under construction since last May, opened on the 10th April 2014. The new store, which is part of the £90 million Vangarde development at Monks Cross, is John Lewis's first opening of 2014, and will be the chain's 41st shop. The new store created 300 new jobs in the area. This store is John Lewis’s most sustainable shop to date and includes building design elements such as low energy lighting and photovoltaic cells on the roof to generate energy.
Carmel were involved in the project from the start, the project was completed in record time our team worked 12 weeks of long days and nights to complete it on time. Carmel undertook the Electrical and Mechanical works on this project. The Electrical installations included the install of new Lighting & Power throughout the store comprising of Feature lighting & display lighting supplied by Edge Lighting, the majority of the lighting was LED to reduce the energy levels. Carmel were also involved in some of the specialist installations such as CCTV, Security, Access Control & Fire Alarm System, Data & IT infrastructure, Door Tagging and Display Table Security.
The Mechanical installations included Energy Efficient Services, Positive Displacement, Variable Volume Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems, an Air Cooled Chiller using R1234ze refrigerant, Building Management Systems, Heating & Chilled Water Distribution Systems to serve various fan coil units, Air handling units, Door Curtains and Unit Heaters. A Packaged Plant Room was also installed to provide heat generation and domestic water services. Above Ground Drainage, Domestic Water Services Distribution and Kitchen Ventilation Services have also been provided. All the installations were completed to an outstanding BREEAM standard.
BREEAM is the world’s leading environmental assessment and rating system for buildings. It encourages low carbon and low impact designs, minimising the energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.