Why the future of Greenwich arrives in flat pack
The borough is getting an Ikea, but is its arrival cause for joy?
Greenwich is perfect isn’t it? All that history, culture and beauty.
What do you mean no?
There’s a complete lack of places to buy cheap, Swedish, chipboard furniture.
You don’t mean...
Yes, it’s coming. A 33,000sq m branch of Ikea at a cost of £100million.
That’s a whole lot of meatballs
It’s a whole lot of everything. The new store will also include a rooftop pavilion with a community area, a biodiversity garden, a market hall, a showroom, a restaurant and a creche.
Ooh, a biodiversity garden. Fancy
Not only that. Ikea promises 500 jobs including full and part-time positions in sales, customer relations, interior design and catering and to recruit as many local people as possible. So that’s alright then. Do say...
Really? Won’t they just be on the mimimum wage?
Apparently not. All staff will be paid in line with the Real Living Wage Foundation’s recommendations, which would currently see them get £9.75 an hour inside London. More in the future.
That sounds pretty positive.
And that’s before you even start me on sustainability.
Isn’t buying cheap, replaceable furniture contributing to our throwaway culture? Hardly sustainable.
I’m talking about the store itself – it’ll be Ikea’s most environmentally friendly to date, with features including rainwater collection and solar panels, and is expected to meet a Breeam Excellent Ceritfication Rating when it opens in late 2018, so there.
I’m sure everyone breathing the extra car fumes from all the traffic will be delighted to know...
OK, Millennium Way Retail Park in Bugsby’s Way will be hit but there will be six bus routes stopping there, 75 bike spaces and 20 electric car charging points. I just can’t wait for the store to open so I can fill my beautiful Victorian property with birch-effect Flarke bookcases, Jerker computer desks and Bladvass quilt covers.
Are you seriously suggesting I take my newly acquired Dombas wardrobe home on my bike?
The new store will feature a rooftop pavilion and garden