Coming next year: IKEA’s most sustainable store yet

Due to open by the end of next year, IKEA will invest £100 million in the new Greenwich store, which it says will be “the most sustainable store in the UK to date.”

The Swedish furniture retailer says its Greenwich store, which has now begun construction, will be a “destination for healthy and sustainable living”.

With an eye on a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, the store’s green technologies will include photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and greywater treatment (reducing water consumption by 50%, IKEA says) and renewable materials for construction.  

The store will also include an IKEA furniture take-back scheme, the firm says, as well as a dedicated 80 sqm space to help support customers to “re-use, recycle and re-imagine products that they already own.”

There will also be a public 1,200 sqm roof terrace, along with a 240 sqm roof pavilion and biodiversity garden.

IKEA is encouraging co-workers and visitors to travel by sustainable transport, with the store being serviced by six bus routes, and cycle spaces and electric vehicle charging points available for free.

The store will offer bookable event areas and shared spaces for local groups, members of the public and co-workers to enjoy, acting as a community hub.

“Our new store will offer much more than a great shopping experience for customers and an enhanced working environment for co-workers,” said Jane Bisset, IKEA Greenwich Store Manager. “We believe the store will enable us to deepen relationships with a vibrant and diverse local community by providing great career opportunities and a range of multipurpose spaces for them to enjoy, including free green space.”

The Greenwich store will be the 22nd IKEA store in the UK and the retailer’s first full-sized London store built in 13 years.