Liverpool One

Sustainable 17,658 sq/ft Foodhall

Abbey Design Associates (ADA) designed a CO2 transcritical refrigeration system for the M&S Liverpool One food hall, occupying a sizable area of 17,658 sq/ft.

The objective was to have an energy-efficient refrigeration solution that met the challenges posed by the hall’s unique structural and spatial constraints.


Recognising the challenges of the rooftop plant location, ADA’s design incorporated state-of-the-art equipment and innovative routing strategies to ensure the system remained efficient, even with longer service runs.

ADA engaged in active collaboration with the stakeholders of the neighbouring demises. This ensured that the system’s services passing through these areas did so without hindrance or risk, maintaining the structural and operational integrity of all involved spaces.


Despite the challenges presented, ADA successfully delivered a CO2 transcritical refrigeration system that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The system operates efficiently, ensuring that the food hall of M&S Liverpool One remains at the desired temperatures, providing an optimal shopping experience for its customers.