Faithful+Gould has been engaged to deliver IKEA’s latest store in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. Together with their parent company, Atkins, they will be providing a comprehensive delivery solution that includes project management, cost management, construction management, and multidisciplinary design services.
Set to be operational by July 2018, this will be the second store in India, a first in the central India region, and is part of IKEA India Private Limited’s expansion plan to open 25 stores in the next 10 years.
The new 1,130,200-square-feet store will include a basement and ground floor car park, warehouse on the first floor with double-height ceilings, and dedicated retail spaces on two floors to accommodate showrooms, a market hall and restaurant.
Faithful+Gould’s team will begin work immediately, commencing with the demolition of existing structures and land remediation on site. As part of their role in the development of the IKEA store, Faithful+Gould will also manage the retail fit-out and provide green building advisory.
Michael Phillips, operations director for Faithful+Gould India, said: “The new store is expected to have five million visitors a year, and it will generate jobs for about 500-700 workers. It’s exciting to think how our work will make a positive impact and contribute to India’s economic sustainability.”
Alex Winchester, director, property and major projects, Atkins India, added: “Winning such a hard fought competition is a substantial coup for Faithful+Gould and Atkins. Helping one of our key global clients to establish their new foothold in India demonstrates our teams’ collective ability to deliver the same top-tier service in India as they have experienced with us elsewhere in the world.”
Within Asia Pacific, Faithful+Gould was involved in the delivery of IKEA retail stores in Baoshan, Hangzhou and Foshan in China. They are also working on store projects in Harbin and Zhengzhou in China, as well as the first IKEA store in Southern Malaysia in Johor Bahru.