Marks & Spencer, Cheshire Oaks
The Marks & Spencer store at Cheshire Oaks was opened in 2012, and, at over 18,000 sqm, it was designed to be the “biggest and greenest” Marks and Spencer store ever built. The design strategy addressed numerous issues including water, carbon, waste, biodiversity and community, materials, travel and access, which resulted in it being the most environmentally accredited of any Marks & Spencer store (with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating).
The planning application for the store was submitted in June 2008, after which Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council resolved to grant planning consent. The application was subsequently called in by the Secretary of State and approved following a Public Inquiry.
Vectos staff provided transport advice to Marks & Spencer, including giving evidence at the Public Inquiry. The main issues were related to the accessibility of the store by means of sustainable transport.
A £5m highways scheme was designed and delivered in advance of the store construction programme, improving junctions, crossings, cycle ways and footpaths. The project also contributed significant funding towards improvements to the existing bus services.
Upon completion of the store, a shuttle bus was provided to improve local access between the neighbouring retail areas, as well as improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.