House of Fraser has opened its first store at an out of town retail and leisure complex, and its first sustainable one. The newly constructed department store at Rushden Lakes is House of Fraser’s first store to open in nearly nine years. The 5,945 sq m site boasts more than 50 premium and high street brands.
As the retailer’s first green retail store with high environmental standards, House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes meets the BREEAM sustainable building certification. BREEAM1 is the world's leading sustainability assessment scheme for buildings. It specifies requirements for the building and operations to maximise its performance in terms of energy and climate change, resource, water and waste management It also takes into account that the Rushden Lakes development is adjacent to protected natural habitats. House of Fraser has partnered with The Wildlife Trust BCN which is managing these wildlife habitats. This is to ensure protection of the local biodiversity and share the experience with its customers.
The interior of House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes is designed to connect with the beautiful, natural setting. It includes unique features such as a living wall which has air quality and wellbeing benefits. Designed by the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, the living wall measures six metres wide by eight metres tall spanning over two floors positioned next to the escalators. It will be home to more than 2,000 indoor plants including species such as the familiar Philodendron and more unusual plants like Chinese Evergreen.
The store also boasts a champagne bar and restaurant on the first floor, offering 66 covers and Café Nero on Ground Floor, offering 64 internal covers and 24 external covers. Both have lake views.