● IKEA Greenwich will be the retailer’s first full-sized London store built in 13 years and is set to be a destination for healthy and sustainable living
● 1,200 sqm roof terrace, upcycling initiatives and architecture to be among unique sustainability and community focused features
● 32,000 sqm store will create up to 500 new jobs
Home furnishings retailer IKEA today officially ‘breaks ground’ on its new 32,000 sqm Greenwich store. The company’s first London-based store built in 13 years will also be a leading sustainable store with key features to help Londoners live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
IKEA Greenwich Store Manager, Jane Bisset and IKEA Sustainability Manager for the UK and IE, Hege Saebjornsen were joined by Cllr Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Cllr Peter Brooks, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in leading the groundbreaking ceremony for the new store.
Due to open in winter 2018, IKEA will invest £100 million in the new Greenwich store, which will be located on the Millennium Way Retail Park. IKEA Greenwich will be the most sustainable store in the UK to date and easy to access via public transport. The new store will also play a vital role in the retailer’s ambitious sustainability strategy as it takes further steps in the shift to a circular economy.
Targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, IKEA Greenwich will incorporate multiple green technologies including photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and greywater treatment (reducing water consumption by 50%) and renewable materials for construction. Wood will be used as a natural façade and the interior will feature lots of natural light throughout for both co-workers and visitors to enjoy.
Hege Saebjornsen, IKEA Sustainability Manager for the UK and IE, commented, “As we celebrate IKEA’s 30th anniversary in the UK, we are proud to mark the start of constructing our latest store in Greenwich. IKEA Greenwich will demonstrate our ongoing commitment to people and planet alongside innovation in customer experience, and sets out a bold statement for the next 30 years.
There will also be a 1,200 sqm roof terrace which will be open to the public with capacity for 500, as well as a 240 sqm roof pavilion and biodiversity garden.
A unique experience created for Londoners
As well as offering free green space and communal relaxation areas for people to meet, share and learn, IKEA Greenwich will function as a community hub with bookable event areas and shared spaces for local groups, members of the public and co-workers to enjoy.
A new style of recruitment
IKEA Greenwich will also be taking a completely new approach to recruitment when the main drive to fill vacancies begins in Spring 2018. The first six co-workers joining the store team will play a key role in recruiting their managers and team leaders. IKEA is committed to being a good neighbour and engaging with local communities around its stores and will therefore work closely alongside local employment agencies to ensure that job vacancies are made available to people in the local area.
“The Council is working closely with IKEA and Transport for London to encourage shoppers to use sustainable transport when they visit the new store.”
The Greenwich store will be the 22nd IKEA store in the UK and is scheduled to open in winter 2018.
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