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Sunday, 8 October, 2000, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Britain's favourite supermarket
Sainsbury's Greenwich peninsula outlet
The Sainsbury's store uses energy extremely efficiently
An environmentally-friendly supermarket, which harnesses wind and sun power, has been shortlisted for the Building of the Year awards.

The Sainsbury's store on the Greenwich peninsula in south east London came top of a public poll for the People's Choice section of the award.

Covered on two sides with a five-metre earth bank for insulation, the store contains a variety of innovations which mean it uses 50% of the energy of a standard Sainsbury's outlet.

Sainsbury's Greenwich
Customers say they prefer the predominantly natural lighting
The store, designed by Chetwood Associates Architects, will automatically go into the short-list for the Royal Institute of British Architects' 20,000 Stirling Prize, judged by controversial artist Tracey Emin and a number of architects.

Two wind turbines and solar panels provide enough electricity for exterior and car park needs while inside, natural light from a glass roof replaces ceiling lights.

The store is ventilated rather than air conditioned and the refrigerators use CFC-free coolants.

Eco-friendly loos

Even the toilets are green - flushing with rain water which has been filtered through a reedbed on the site.

The store beat Canary Wharf station in London into second place in the joint Channel 4 and RIBA People's Choice poll.

The London Eye - or millennium wheel as it is perhaps better known - was rated fifth but Sainsbury's Greenwich neighbour, the Dome, did not make the top ten.

Canary Wharf station
Canary Wharf underground station was voted second

The store's manager Paul Crisp said: "All the staff are really pleased that the public has voted it to number one and we now have all our fingers crossed for the final stage of judging."

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on 4 November.

The Top 10 buildings and their designers, voted by 5,000 members of the public were:

  • 1 Sainsbury's supermarket, Greenwich, London: Chetwood Associates.
  • 2 Canary Wharf station, London: Foster and Partners.
  • 3 The Great Glasshouse, Carmarthenshire: Foster and Partners.
  • 4 Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery: Blonski Heard Architects.
  • 5 The London Eye: Marks Barfield Architects.
  • 6 Crescent House, Wiltshire: Ken Shuttleworth.
  • 7 The Kielder Belvedere, Northumberland: Softroom Architects.
  • 8 South Foreshore Promenade, Bridlington: Bauman Lyons Architects.
  • 9 New Art Gallery, Walsall: Caruso St John Architects.
  • 10 Peckham Library and Media Centre, London: Alsop and Stormer.

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