The right touch

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Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, an outdoor mall north of London, sits near the Nene Wetlands, allowing it to feature lakeside restaurants and cafes. So when House of Fraser planned a department store there, it only made sense to join the green theme. It’s the British department store’s first “green retail space” certified to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method sustainable building standards. The standards are widely used in the United Kingdom and are somewhat comparable to the U.S. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

But House of Fraser’s store is about far more than energy-efficient lighting and other sustainable products that function behind the scenes. Working alongside The Wildlife Trusts, which designed wallpaper for use in the store, the site includes an art installation featuring local bird species. The installation is made from 100 percent recycled wire, sourced from scrap yards; a living wall includes 2,000 indoor plants spanning two floors.

House of Fraser’s Rushden Lakes store creates the optimal opportunity for a retail design that fits in with the local environment — and plays to the company’s sustainability goals.

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