Costa is to use a new ‘Eco Pod’ store design as a test bed for understanding how to further drive down energy consumption across its business.
The company launched the new lay-out in Telford this week and will monitor it closely so that the lessons it learns can be incorporated into future new build stores.
The ‘Eco Pod’ store is based within Telford’s Wrekin Retail Park and features the latest in environmentally-friendly building design and energy saving technologies.
Costa has branded it the first “zero energy” coffee shop building in the UK.
The design and fit out was co-ordinated in partnership with retail property specialist Hammerson, which owns the retail park and facilitated the delivery of the new concept store. Costa will lease the building.
The new Eco Pod will provide all of the food and beverage menu choices available in ‘regular’ Costa coffee shops but, crucially, all of this will happen inside a ‘zero energy’ building.
‘Zero energy’ is achieved through passive ventilation and innovative construction techniques which mean that the energy required to heat and cool the building is minimised and that the low amount of energy that is required for building temperature control will come from solar PV cells embedded in the specially curved roof, balancing out overall.
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.
The building design features are what give the coffee shop its overall ‘zero energy’ score. The actual internal operating catering equipment – including espresso machines, Panini grills and dishwasher equipment – all use power in a conventional way.
The building took 13 weeks to build and measures 150 square metres. It has seating for approximately 58 people inside and 20 outside.
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.”
With over 1,800 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,100 overseas, Costa claims to be the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and the second largest coffee shop operator in the world.