Tesco Extra Corby (EcoStore)

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A new format Tesco Eco Store, providing 82,565 sq ft of sales floor and a Petrol Filling Station in a landscaped environment, has been opened in Corby and was designed by Woods Hardwick.

After detailed site investigation work at the 7.8 hectare location at St James’s Road, Woods Hardwick has, despite the challenging constraints that existed, achieved a modern and dynamic treatment for a part of Corby that has remained undeveloped for decades.

The single-storey supermarket itself is clad in a combination of curtain walling and timber Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) faced in a larch outer rainscreen.  The building is topped with Monodraught windcatchers which provide both a statement feature and sustainable natural ventilation to the store.  Rooflights provide natural daylight to the salesfloor.

The supermarket was designed to cope thermally with the additional demand placed on a building of this size and function.  The U-value of the walls was increased from previous trial stores, and SIPs were installed, having been manufactured off-site.

Other initiatives include an increase in cycle racks to encourage cycling to work, waste sorting and composting areas in the rear service yard, and rainwater harvesting tanks under the front of the car park.

The Corby Tesco Eco Store, the retailer’s 50th Regeneration Partnership store, has achieved a BREAAM ‘Very Good’ rating.  One of the largest of its kind built to date, the store has also provided for 300 new jobs in the area.

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