John Ryan interviews Tesco head of environmental construction Mark Sowter about the grocer's new Cheetham Hill eco-store

After around three years and several trial branches, Tesco has created a green store blueprint.

The outlet, in Manchester's Cheetham Hill, has features including:

  • roof skylights,

  • a sustainable timber frame,

  • natural ventilation, and

  • recycled elements in its fixturing.

The features are all the outcome of trials conducted at Diss, Wick, Swansea and Shrewsbury, the first of which launched in 2006.

Tesco head of environmental construction Mark Sowter says that the new-look stores currently cost around 10 per cent more than a conventional store to build, but will cut CO2 emissions by 70 per cent compared to a comparable store opened in 2006.