IKEA has issued a press release -
*IKEA to open a new £100 million store in Greenwich*
- IKEA has been granted full planning permission to build their new store in Greenwich
- IKEA Greenwich will create up to 500 new jobs
- Construction is due to start in late autumn 2017
- It will be the most sustainable IKEA store to date in the UK with unique community spaces
Home furnishing company IKEA today (5th July 2017) announced that The Royal Borough of Greenwich has granted full planning consent for the new store on Bugsby’s Way.
IKEA Greenwich will create around 500 job opportunities on the site on the Millennium Way Retail Park. Jobs available will include full and part – time positions in areas such as: sales, including customer relations, interior design and food services. All new co – workers will be granted a generous benefit package and will also be paid the Real Living Wage as set by the Real Living Wage Foundation.
The 33,000 square metre store will provide a unique rooftop pavilion with a community area, a biodiversity garden, multi – functional spaces, a market hall, showroom and warehouse, as well as a restaurant, crèche, staff facilities and customer service areas.
Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability manager for the UK and IE, said: “IKEA is dedicated to having a positive impact on the environment and the lives we touch, and the Greenwich store will be the company’s most sustainable store to date. It will include environmental features such as rainwater harvesting, PV solar panels and will meet a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Certification Rating”.
“All IKEA stores generate electricity from PV panels on the roof and aim to be as sustainable as possible. Every new store that is built aims to achieve a BREEAM Very Good certification. However, more importantly we have designed a store in Greenwich with customer and community in mind, a place where people can meet, learn, shop and share.”
IKEA Greenwich will be the 22nd store in the UK and Ireland and plans to open in late 2018.
Gillian Drakeford, Country Manager for IKEA UK said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Royal Borough of Greenwich has supported our decision to open a new IKEA store. It recognises the significant contribution IKEA will bring to the local economy and jobs market in Greenwich and the surrounding areas. It also emphasises the commitment of IKEA to the UK with our continuing expansion plans, this is excellent news and we are very much looking forward to being a good neighbour in Greenwich.”
Tim Farlam, Real Estate Manager for IKEA UK, said: “Throughout this process we have held regular discussions with the local community and we have considered the various comments raised by residents to ensure that the final store design met the needs of both IKEA and the surrounding community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the people of Greenwich to develop our store.”