Foundation Stone Laid for Ikea in Ljubljana
Zoran Janković, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, Samuel Ulfgard, First Secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Vienna, and Jože Mermal, Chairman of the Board of Directors at BTC, d. d., joined Sara Del Fabbro, CEO of IKEA South East Europe, and Vladislav Lalić, Regional Property and Expansion Manager at IKEA South East Europe, at today’s symbolic event, marking the start of construction works for the first IKEA store in Slovenia, in BTC City Ljubljana.
With all the documentation being settled and having obtained the construction permits in August, all the prerequisites for starting the construction works have been fulfilled. The Swedish retailer of furniture solutions will invest 90 million Euros in the construction of its store and plans to employ up to 300 people. The building is expected to be constructed in one year and when completed, the 31,000 m2 store will offer about 9,500 furniture products of excellent design and quality at affordable prices. It will also provide a playground for children, a 450-seat restaurant, a bistro, a Swedish food shop, parking spaces for more than 170 bicycles and 1,000 cars, including 10 electric vehicle charging stations and a city bike rental station.
Special attention will be paid to the introduction of many sustainable solutions
In Ljubljana, IKEA will implement an innovative approach to sustainable concepts, including responsible waste and wastewater management, the use of renewable energy sources and the equipment with low or zero carbon footprint.
When completed, 90 percent of the energy needed for the operating of the store in Ljubljana will be obtained from renewable sources, including solar panels on the roof. Geothermal energy will be used for heating and rainwater for flushing and watering. Typical local types of trees will be planted in the green areas next to the store, while at the same time the roof will be green field. The separation of waste will be organisedfor 23 different types of waste and wastewater treatment will be provided by a smart system.