The old New Malden and Wimbledon B&Q stores have merged to create the new, environmentally friendly superstore, employing 200 people. B&Q says it is the most sustainable B&Q store to date, with recycled plastics in the toilets and low-VOC paints throughout the building. The 15,000sq m plot has three storeys, a wind turbine claimed to be "the largest integrated turbine on any UK building", and under-floor geothermal heating. Photovoltaic panels will convert solar energy into electricity and solar thermal water will provide heating for the toilets and coffee shop. A rainwater harvesting system will provide water for toilets and the garden centre's irrigation.
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