IKEA unveils plans ‘innovation hub’ store in Greenwich

Home furnishing giant IKEA has revealed plans for a new store at Greenwich in south-east London.

Located at the Millennium Way Retail Park, the branch will be IKEA’s leading sustainable store in the UK and Ireland.

The store proposal features new design elements such as a roof pavilion, a biodiverse roof garden, community garden, multifunctional spaces and a restaurant, as well as a home furnishing offer.

IKEA Greenwich aims to offer managed events and programmes for a variety of audiences too. The roof will also offer recreational space for its 500-strong workforce

IKEA UK deputy property manager Richard Rands said: “This is an exciting development for IKEA that has the customer, the local community and the environment at its heart.

“We want to create a unique and exciting space that will act as a place to meet, learn, share and shop – enhancing the ways we engage with our customers, the local community and stakeholders. The new IKEA Greenwich will be an innovation hub for home furnishings and sustainable retail.”

The store is designed and will be built to ensure energy and resource efficiency, including the use of solar panels, rainwater harvesting and energy saving and generating technology.

Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability of IKEA UK & IE, commented: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA. In Greenwich it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put those principles into practice.”

IKEA Greenwich will be served by six bus routes and 42 buses an hour. In addition, the store will feature 75 cycle spaces and will offer 20 electric car-charging points.

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