Barker and Stonehouse has announced plans for a new store in Knaresborough which will boast some of the best green credentials in the UK.

It has received the go-ahead for plans to relocate from its current site on the St James Retail Park in Knaresborough to a new 35,000 sq ft store located at the entrance to the same retail park, formerly home to an Audi dealership.

The move marks an investment of £3 million from the retailer and will create a flagship store for the firm on one of Knaresborough’s most highly visible and prestigious retail locations.

The new store will be one of the UK’s greenest retail spaces with a BREEAM (an established and respected tool used to measure the sustainability of new non-domestic buildings in the UK) rating of ‘very good’.

Sustainable features include a ‘green’ roof which provides bio-diversity and the creation of natural habitats, natural ventilation, low energy heating, an innovative heat recovery system and a unique lighting system specially designed by the company. This unique lighting system has already been introduced into the retailer’s other stores saving up to 60% on annual fuel bills.

Managing director James Barker said:

‘‘Investing so much time and effort in the new store is a display of our commitment to Knaresborough and our customers. We are always striving to improve and invest in the latest innovations – the new Knaresborough store is an example of this and will result in an improved customer experience.

“Customers told us they wanted more responsible retailing and we’ve invested heavily to meet this demand. We’ve worked with The Carbon Trust to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in the new store and across all our stores and operations.

“Knaresborough Council and Harrogate and District Council have been outstanding in helping us achieve our goals for this great new store. Their attitude has been really positive.”

Work on site is due to start later this year with an expected completion date of Summer 2012.