Starbucks pioneers sustainable drive-thru

Starbucks opens drive thru in Yeading with new sustainable design features

Starbucks has opened a new drive-thru store with innovative sustainable design features at Willow Tree Lane retail park in Yeading.

The new store is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified. It features a green living roof, which has the benefit of improving storm water management by reducing runoff, conserving energy, reducing noise and air pollution and increasing urban diversity with habitats for wildlife. The store also has energy efficient lighting, and a zone-controlled heat pump which is a more efficient alternative to conventional HVAC.

The new concept has been built using locally sourced materials, and all waste materials from the construction were recycled. The new design redefines the drive-thru experience with the addition of EV chargers for customers to use while they relax with a drink.

Ad de Hond, Vice President of Design at Starbucks, said: “We are so proud to be opening our brand-new concept store at Willow Tree retail park. The purpose of the new design is to redefine the drive-thru experience at Starbucks and show how Starbucks is leading the way in building more sustainable LEED-certified stores. The store will also set a new standard for the Starbucks experience; creating genuine moments of connection for both our driving and in-store customers.”

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