IKEA are progressing with their plans to ‘improve the home life’ for the many people and, in the role of Client’s Commissioning Validation Engineers, Banyards are assisting them with that vision; we are now working on our fifth store to date at Greenwich.
The Swedish retailer is focused on becoming 100% renewable with technology and are incorporating systems such as solar heating, photovoltaic panels, biomass generation and rainwater harvesting in a number of their UK stores.
The first project we undertook with IKEA was in Calcot, Reading; built on a four hectare site of commercial land comprising a number of retail and leisure units the new 38,000 square metre store provides a typical IKEA offering, including a market hall, showroom and warehouse, as well as restaurant, crèche, staff facilities and customer service areas. There is also an adjacent multi-storey parking area with a total of 1,259 spaces as well as additional bus and coach areas.
This was followed with the BREEAM ‘excellent’ IKEA Sheffield store which at the time was the retailer’s most sustainable store to date, incorporating a number of green technologies such as photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and linking in with the district heating scheme.
More recently we have undertaken works at IKEA Exeter and IKEA Nottingham (Refurbishment) with the latest being IKEA Greenwich.
Ikea Greenwich will be the first full-sized London store built in 13 years and it is set to be a destination for ‘healthy and sustainable living’.
The new 32,000 sqm store will be located on the Millennium Way Retail Park in Greenwich and the construction of the store has been ongoing since the ground breaking ceremony took place in late November 2017. Targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, IKEA Greenwich will be the most sustainable store in the UK, with feature including, upcycling solutions, solar panels, green walls, rain water harvesting, connection to the district heating, sustainable drainage and the use of onsite renewable technologies. It will have a 1,200 sqm roof terrace which will be open to the public with capacity for 500 people, as well as a 240 sqm roof pavilion and biodiversity garden. IKEA Greenwich is expected to open early 2019.