IKEA Store Greenwich


IKEA Greenwich was designed and built with sustainability at its core, reflecting IKEA’s people and planet positive ambition. All IKEA developments worldwide are committed to demonstrating cutting edge sustainable design and construction, BREEAM ‘Very Good’ is the minimum standard all IKEA projects must achieve. However, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ was a planning requirement stipulated by the local authority in Greenwich. In addition, the design and store teams at IKEA Greenwich were dedicated to improving existing sustainability targets for the project, therefore BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ was the focus.


It’s obviously massive (and blue!) but the design has double-height glazing and timber across the front and they are conscious of not ‘turning their back on the peninsula’ and so they’ve created the impression that the building faces both sides. The large glass windows also mean that shoppers can browse at least some of the collection in natural light.


BREEAM helped achieve the environmental objectives on site by giving the design team pragmatic targets in areas where value and impact could be added to the project’s sustainability strategy. When targeting ‘Outstanding’, the BREEAM assessment process allowed the design team to implement the necessary environmental objectives without hindering wider design ambitions.

Overall IKEA Greenwich scored exceedingly well within all areas in BREEAM.