Sustainability awards

Thursday 25th January 2018

House of Fraser Eden bar by Caroline FittonHouse of Fraser Eden bar by Caroline Fitton

The Trust celebrates a corporate partnership with the House of Fraser - their flagship Rushden Lakes store is a finalist in national sustainability awards

At the London Hilton, Park Lane last night (Wednesday 24 January) the 2018 Edie Sustainability Leader Awards were held. One of the Trust's corporate partners, the House of Fraser, in partnership with Wildlife BCN, were shortlisted as finalists in the Sustainable Building of the Year for their new green flagship store at Rushden Lakes. Oliver Burke, the Trust's Director of Engagement and Business Development and Sue Barnard, Corporate Partnerships Development Manager, attended the awards ceremony along with the Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Head of Sustainability for House of Fraser and her colleagues. While not winning the category, congratulations to House of Fraser for being selected as finalists.

The store is new BREEAM-certified sustainable store in Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire, which as well as meeting BREEAM ‘very good’ standards, also holds an EPC A rating. Working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust at Rushden, House of Fraser is helping to raise awareness on biodiversity amongst staff and customers. The store includes a living green wall, sculptures and beautiful bespoke wallpapers and the Trust has been working closely with design teams to not only reflect the nature of the wetlands but help ‘bring the outdoors’ in.

House of Fraser has partnered with the Wildlife Trust BCN to support their working protecting the Nene Wetlands nature reserve. Oliver Burke said: “We are really delighted to be working in partnership with House of Fraser at their new flagship green store at Rushden Lakes. By working together we hope to inspire and enthuse all those visiting and working there to ensure that the wildlife at the Nene Wetlands is protected and valued. As well as collaborating with House of Fraser’s in-store design teams to bring the ‘outdoors in’ to reflect the nature of the Nene Wetlands, we are also providing experiences and activities through this partnership to help people enjoy wildlife spectacles and feel more connected to nature in this exciting space where modern retail culture is face to face with nature.”