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Issue:- 28 November 2014

Green targets smashed by Birkenhead shopping centre

Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre is pictured in the centre’s new plant room.

A BIRKENHEAD shopping centre has smashed its energy saving targets after investing more than £500,000 in the latest green technology systems.

Bosses at Pyramids Shopping Centre have been finding ways of making the popular Wirral retail hub more energy efficient in an effort to boost their green credentials and slash the £200,000 annual utilities bill.

In a 12-month period, running to July this year, the huge energy bill was cut by 13 per cent, triple their original target of four per cent, saving the shopping centre a grand total of £26,000.

The environment conscious overhaul has included a hefty upgrade of the heating system in the indoor part of the shopping centre and the latest LED lighting and energy efficient lift systems and equipment such as barriers within the Pyramids car park on Salisbury Street. There are also more energy efficient pay on foot equipment in both the shopping centre's car parks.

Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said:- "Our efforts to improve our energy efficiency do not stop here because there are more plans, which we are close to rolling out, for similar improvements with LED lighting in the outdoor part of the shopping centre and new energy efficient fittings in the Conway Street car park.  Our energy efficiency savings graph will be a sliding scale upwards in the next couple of years as our energy consumption starts to go down drastically. This work is important for a number of reasons. We know we have many shoppers who are interested in our green credentials. Helping to protect the environment is important to them and as the main shopping centre in the Wirral, they want to know we are doing our bit to support the green cause. Also bringing down the energy bill is important and part of our commitment towards the businesses which Pyramids Shopping Centre is home to. If we can make savings in this way, this is reflected in the service charge they have to pay and so it is great news for our existing tenants but also for attracting new businesses who are looking to open here."

It was announced last year there would be a £1m investment programme at Pyramids Shopping Centre and this included the £160,000 upgraded heating system in the indoor part of the scheme which has now been installed. But in the shopping centre's efforts to boost its green reputation, almost double that has now been spent on improving its energy efficient technology.

The busy shopping centre is home to around 140 stores and eateries including a host of high street favourites such as Next, The Body Shop, Marks & Spencer, H&M, River Island, Burger King, and Greggs.

Tommi Collins, Manager of The Body Shop at Pyramids Shopping Centre, said:- "I think this is terrific news and shows a commitment from the shopping centre to the community and to protecting the planet. These are values which fit in very well with our business and we all need to do our bit to stop impacting so heavily on the environment. I think it matters to our shoppers too and I will definitely be sharing this news with them. We would also be in favour of anything which saves our business money too because it is this sort of cost cutting which means you can look to spend money elsewhere, perhaps on refreshing the look of the store and improving the shopping experience for our customer."

The shopping centre also has a strong recycling record with 100% of all glass and cardboard collected being recycled. The latest figures, from April to June of this year, show the shopping centre recycled close to 90% of all its waste.

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