Marks & Spencer on Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, has been unveiled as one of the most eco-friendly and visually impressive stores in the north east, with the most striking development being a 167 square metre green wall on the side of the building.

M&S 'GREEN WALL' 14AThe creation of the green wall, which is irrigated by rainwater and has been made using nearly 16,000 individual plants, features alongside a number of other eco-friendly changes in-store. Intelligent door sensors, LED fridge lighting and a new heat reclaim system will all help to improve M&S Newcastle’s energy efficiency by 20% whilst enhancing the customer experience.

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A, M&S’s eco and ethical programme to become the world’s most sustainable retailer, said: “M&S Newcastle is one of our most important stores so the finished green wall and store’s eco energy refit is hugely exciting for everyone at M&S. We hope the completion of this project will boost Northumberland Street, and provide our customers with an improved shopping experience. The green wall is a real standout, and with summer just around the corner we hope it will continue to flourish”

Tom Warburton, Director of Investment and Development commented: “We are delighted that Marks and Spencer have invested in a number of sustainability features in their flagship store on Northumberland Street, and the living wall helps to visually demonstrate their green credentials.”