Aldi is to open a green concept foodstore designed by our Milton Keynes office on November 5th. The £3m, single storey building in Guilford, showcases an enhanced level of sustainability for Aldi store formats.
Incorporating a green sedum roof as a key component, the design aspires to create a vibrant, contemporary building that responds to its surrounding area in terms of materials and building scale, simultaneously promoting the natural greening of the site whilst also preserving an important aspect of site history.
With a gross internal floor area of 1,380sqm the store also incorporates numerous elements of sustainable technology such as photovoltaics panels and heat recovery from in-store refrigeration units to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ Rating.
Timber cladding has been introduced to complement the ‘earthy sustainable’ green roof which acknowledges a public house called ‘The Green Man’ that occupied the site dating back to the 1500’s.
To inform visitors of the site history, a sculpture commissioned by Aldi has been installed on a prominent aspect of the building alongside a commemorative plaque.