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Simons selected to build 10 new Tesco stores

Tesco has selected property developer Simons to build 10 news stores across the UK as part of its commitment to going carbon neutral.

Simons has already built three new sites for Tesco including an eco-store in Crediton Devon - the new £75m deal will develop a total of 375,100 sq ft in retail space.

Tesco aims to become a carbon neutral company by 2050, with sustainable and eco-friendly stores a key focus. In February the supermarket chain opened its first zero carbon store in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.

Tesco’s eco champion, James Dorling, said: “With the success of the store in Cambridgeshire our prominence in the UK as a leading retailer, it is important we lead by example and show our commitment to the environment by rolling out eco friendly stores all across the UK.”

Hornsby in Sheffield, Bishop Auckland in the North East, Helson in the South West and Llandrindod Wells in Wales, are among the new sites to be developed for Tesco.

The environmentally friendly methods that Simons will implement on the Tesco developments include rainwater harvesting and the use of wind catchers positioned on roofs to maximise the use of natural ventilation to cool the premises rather than being reliant on an air conditioning system. 

The stores are also committed to generating their own energy with combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CHP) plants which will generate the stores own electricity. 

Simons will also work alongside the supermarket chain on a number of other projects over the next few years including store extensions, fit-out and distribution.

Tesco plans to develop 2.5m sq ft in the UK this year.

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