Tuesday 11 August 2020

Al Futtaim picks Turner & Townsend for mega IKEA project

DUBAI, November 13, 2019

UK-based Turner & Townsend, a global programme management and construction consultancy, said it has been appointed to support the delivery of Dubai’s second IKEA outlet – the largest within the UAE – for Al Futtaim Group Real Estate.

The global professional services business is providing planning and project controls for IKEA’s 30,000-sq-m store ahead of opening next month.

IKEA will be joined by other flagship tenants including M&S and Lulu Hypermarket, as well as over 120 other stores at the Festival Plaza.

The retail offer will be complemented by a 500-seat food court, over 40 dining and eating options, a Stay and Play offering, family entertainment Kids Club and over 2,300 parking spaces.  

Turner & Townsend said it was working on the project along with Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG), which is overseeing design and delivery of the Festival Plaza project.  

The business’ appointment follows past commissions for IKEA in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, enabling Turner & Townsend to draw on its previous experience and understanding of the brand - including IKEA’s prioritisation of environmental sustainability in store design.

The Swedish home furnishing giant recycles 90 per cent of its dry operational waste annually and has set a target is to use only renewable or recycled materials for its products by 2030.

Solar panels will enable the store to receive 20 per cent of its power from solar energy, while efficient air-conditioning units and lights with motion-based control will help save energy that could power more than 400 homes yearly, said the statement from the British consultancy.

A specialist in programme management, project management, cost and commercial management and advisory across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, Turner & Townsend has a major global presence with 110 offices in 45 countries.

Hudson Fountain, the director at Turner & Townsend, said: "IKEA is a much-loved global brand that is known for its commitment to sustainable working practices and environmental stewardship.  Our expertise working with the company across global regions ensures we can play our part in delivering high quality retail space that meets these credentials."

“The new store will act as a major anchor for the wider Festival Plaza project, acting as an exemplar project for the development of high-quality mixed-use neighbourhoods across Dubai and the region as a whole,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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