As part of a regeneration of the South Bank area, a new Tesco Extra store has just opened. Designed and built using sustainable methods and materials, and utilizing a range of techniques that reduce the supermarket’s carbon footprint by up to 50 percent (compared to a store built three years ago), the new store is setting new eco standards.
As part of the scheme, architectural practice Humphrey + Potter designed a unique covered public seating area outside of the store with integrated planters. The highlight of the area is a series of three Signature Structure Skylar Canopies by Fabric Architecture Ltd. Staying true to the eco theme, the Skylar canopies were designed, manufactured and installed using a fabric that Fabric Architecture helped pioneer called Silicone Glass Weave (SGW). This fabric is 100 percent recyclable and lasts 30+ years. In addition to the eco fabric, the canopies were each integrated with LED lighting.
The Skylars installed were 3, 4 and 5 meters, and excellent for signage and wayfinding. They are fun, functional, and with SGW and LEDsâ€”they are also environmentally friendly. Plants in the planters are attracting bees and butterflies, while the Skylar canopies (offering shade) are attracting shoppers from around the center, offering them a relaxing place to rest, meet and greet. This type of eco communal space is something we are hoping other commercial areas will begin to implement.