Collaboration with Costa leads to a roll out of leading edge 'Zero Energy' design

20 Mar 2017

In 2017 our second Zero Energy Coffee Pod will open. The hub builds on our award winning project with Costa in 2015 to create and open an industry first - a zero energy coffee shop. The pod achieved the highest provisional Energy Performance Certificate rating of A+, won a BCSC Gold Award, and demonstrated the power of collaboration between landlord and tenant in tackling key sustainability issues.

The project is now driving change across both the Hammerson portfolio and Costa's.  The second Eco-Pod with Costa is set to open in Swansea in 2017, and design learnings have been applied to the development of Rugby Retail Park, which is aiming to be the World's first retail destination awarded an Outstanding rating from BREEAM. 

The project has epitomised Hammerson's desire to challenge the way things are done across the industry. Rochard Haynes, Development Manager for Swansea Retail Park said: 

"The most challenging part has been to change the existing status quo. Very often its very easy just to roll out the same builidngs time and time again. To make a move into something that's different and is more sustainable, takes effort, and people need a desire to do that and Hammerson and Costa have done." 

Costa have also taken learnings and are looking at further developments within their own estate including a roll out of the design to their drive thru estate.  And it doesn't stop there, as Oliver Rosevear, Energy and Environment Manager for Costa explains: 

"Within our own business we have seen a commitment much further on from that. Most recently we have built a brand new roastery in basildon, a 38 million investment for Costa, we have actually built that to achieve BREEAM outstanding, which is a top end sustainability benchmark. That would not have happened unless we'd seen Telford come to life, and really got people to understand the importance of sustainable buildings in our estate." 

Design Credentials

Initiatives used to create this building, which is carbon neutral, excluding energy consumed by internal operating equipment, include:

  • A special timber frame constructed using FSC sourced  timber as an alternative to a traditional steel frame, reducing the  embodied carbon footprint of the building
  • A super-insulated facade using wood with excellent  energy retention properties (keeping more heat in during the winter and  also helping to keep the interior cool in summer)
  • Intelligent orientation of the building to achieve  optimum levels of sun and shade, impacting on overall energy requirements  for heating and cooling
  • Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof
  • An under-floor heating system and passive ventilation

A full case study on the partnership can be found here: Better Buildings Partnership - Hammerson and Costa Achieve Zero Carbon

More on our Collaboration

The successful delivery of the Eco Pod marks another outstanding achievement as part of Positive Places, Hammerson’s sustainability strategy, following the creation of the B&Q Eco-Learning Store at Merthyr Tydfil and achievement of design stage BREEAM Excellent at both Les Terrasses du Port and Le Jeu de Paume in France.  These achievements are built on Collaborative Partnerships with suppliers and retailers, showcasing just why we have Partner & Collaboration as one of our commitments.

Tom Cochrane, Asset Manager at Hammerson, said:

“The opening of the Costa Eco Pod at Wrekin Retail Park is a significant achievement for our team and clearly demonstrates that as a business, Hammerson is at the forefront of consumer awareness of supply chain ethics and environmental impacts. By working collaboratively, we have been able to provide Costa with an entirely new and innovative concept store, as well as a UK first. Using this as a blueprint for low carbon and sustainable design we hope to support, where possible, other retailers in creating truly sustainable assets.”

Jim Slater, Managing Director of Costa UK and Ireland, said:

“This is an exciting first for coffee shop and retail design here in the UK and has the potential to transform not just how we build new stores at Costa but the industry far more widely.  We wanted to explore new ways to serve quality coffee to our customers while managing our environmental footprint as responsibly as we can.

Through a successful partnership with Hammerson, we have developed an outstanding new type of test bed building design which really does have the potential to make a massive difference if rolled out more widely.”