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Costa serves up innovative new 'Eco Pod' in Telford

Costa has opened what it describes as the UK’s "first zero energy coffee shop building" with its new ‘Eco Pod’ store at Wrekin Retail Park.

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Costa serves up innovative new 'Eco Pod' in Telford

The coffee chain said the store makes use of a range of low carbon and energy efficient technologies which could be rolled out to other stores if successful.

These include a special timber frame constructed using FSC sourced timber as an alternative to a traditional steel frame, passive ventilation and solar panels embedded on the roof of the store. Meanwhile, the 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 with seating for approximately 58 people inside and 20 outside.

Costa developed the initiative with Hammerson which is leasing the store to Costa.

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.”

Whitbread owned Costa operates more than 1,800 coffee shops across the UK. The company expects the lessons learned from the Eco Pod test bed at Telford to be incorporated into future new build stores as it looks to drive down energy consumption across the business.  

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