Greenwich Sainsbury's demolition for Ikea is 'an act of vandalism'

This Is Local London: Sainsbury's in Greenwich Sainsbury's in Greenwich

IT WAS billed as a pioneering supermarket and a watershed for sustainable construction - but plans to close Sainsbury's Greenwich less than 15 years after opening have run into opposition.

Lambeth architects Black have started a petition against the recently announced plans to shut the Bugsby's Way store - once described by The Independent as "the most carefully designed supermarket in the world, ever" - and replace it with an Ikea.

Their online petition reads: "This is not sustainable development and represents an act of vandalism resulting in the destruction of an exemplar building that should simply be reused by another retailer."

Under the plans, Sainsbury's will move to nearby Gallions Way, with Ikea demolishing the existing store.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “ The old Sainsbury's store garnered national interest and praise for its sustainable design. However, after almost 15 years of operation, sustainable technologies have moved on.”

To sign the petition, click here.

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11:25am Wed 4 Dec 13

Simon bald says...

May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside
May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside Simon bald

12:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

the wall says...

Simon bald wrote:
May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside
It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside[/p][/quote]It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding. the wall

2:39pm Wed 4 Dec 13

blueskies7 says...

Love the building and so convenient when I visit the peninsula or the cinema. New site wont be convenient for many and as for demolishing the building - well this idea joins the list of stupid decisions made by people with little or limited experience
Love the building and so convenient when I visit the peninsula or the cinema. New site wont be convenient for many and as for demolishing the building - well this idea joins the list of stupid decisions made by people with little or limited experience blueskies7

4:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Joelo says...

Who cares! I want an ikea!
Who cares! I want an ikea! Joelo

10:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

RightSaidFrank says...

the wall wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside
It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.
I have been shopping in the store twice a week for many years and think the staff are very good, especially the checkout staff.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside[/p][/quote]It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.[/p][/quote]I have been shopping in the store twice a week for many years and think the staff are very good, especially the checkout staff. RightSaidFrank

10:02pm Wed 4 Dec 13

RightSaidFrank says...

the wall wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside
It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.
I have shopped at this store twice a week for many years and think the majority of staff are excellent, particularly the check out staff.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside[/p][/quote]It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.[/p][/quote]I have shopped at this store twice a week for many years and think the majority of staff are excellent, particularly the check out staff. RightSaidFrank

10:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

toomush2drink says...

Bringing ikea to that site will completly gridlock the surrounding areas at weekends especially if anything is going on at the O2 too.Its hard enough now getting out of the area at weekends with long delays at the traffic lights.
Bringing ikea to that site will completly gridlock the surrounding areas at weekends especially if anything is going on at the O2 too.Its hard enough now getting out of the area at weekends with long delays at the traffic lights. toomush2drink

7:52am Thu 5 Dec 13

Citygirl83 says...

I though that ikea were going to go on ethe are opposite makro that they have just flattened? would that not make more sense?
I though that ikea were going to go on ethe are opposite makro that they have just flattened? would that not make more sense? Citygirl83

12:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

PaulErith says...

I think it should be turned into a massive McDonalds. There's nowhere near enough of them around.
I think it should be turned into a massive McDonalds. There's nowhere near enough of them around. PaulErith

7:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

jay2180 says...

Much better and bigger Sainsbury's stores about with more choice.
Much better and bigger Sainsbury's stores about with more choice. jay2180

10:09am Sat 7 Dec 13

Simon bald says...

RightSaidFrank wrote:
the wall wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside
It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.
I have been shopping in the store twice a week for many years and think the staff are very good, especially the checkout staff.
To be fair there are some good looking females on the checkouts and the deli counter also
[quote][p][bold]RightSaidFrank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: May look nice outside but it has terribly poor service from its staff inside[/p][/quote]It's about the builing not the staff. It's a very eco bulding.[/p][/quote]I have been shopping in the store twice a week for many years and think the staff are very good, especially the checkout staff.[/p][/quote]To be fair there are some good looking females on the checkouts and the deli counter also Simon bald

7:58pm Mon 9 Dec 13

applause says...

I've always found the staff approachable, even had a laugh. I suppose its the attitude you go into the shop with.

It is beutiful functional building, but to me it seemed cramp and dark inside.
I've always found the staff approachable, even had a laugh. I suppose its the attitude you go into the shop with. It is beutiful functional building, but to me it seemed cramp and dark inside. applause

10:35am Tue 10 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

So why not just update the sustainable functions? Just another costly exercise to rebuild, and inconvenience to its regulars.
Still would like to see an IKEA somewhere around that way. Beats going through scummy Croydon way.
So why not just update the sustainable functions? Just another costly exercise to rebuild, and inconvenience to its regulars. Still would like to see an IKEA somewhere around that way. Beats going through scummy Croydon way. sarfflondonbird

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