Flagship John Lewis at Home/Waitrose Opens

03 December 2012

The first phase of Futura Park Ipswich completed on the 8th November with the opening of the first joint Waitrose/John Lewis at Home store in the UK.

The stores were formally opened by town MP Ben Gummer 9am, and (unsurprisingly) the car park was already full by 08:30! Staff  and customers gathered in anticipation, with the opening causing heavy traffic in Nacton Road in both directions.

Construction and fit-out from first spade to 1st customerwere completed in 24 weeks, and this only 8 weeks after the site clearance and remediation works of the old brown field site had commenced. The new double store is situated on Futura Park – the former Crane site on the east of the town: a 44 acre retail and business park creating an important addition to the commercial hub of East Anglia. The 26,500ft2 Waitrose store, alongside the 43,000ft2 John Lewis at Home share a main entrance as well as a customer café and mark the first phase of the regeneration scheme of this part of Ipswich. Also open are the new roads servicing the park and the new 407 space car park to the John Lewis/Waitrose development.

The joint venture has been recognised as a turning point not just for the John Lewis Partnership with branch managers stating that ‘we are shaping the future together’ but also for this particular area of Ipswich. Chairman of AquiGen, Tony Chambers surmised that ‘by establishing a popular retail destination, other businesses will be drawn to the park and this will in turn create more jobs and a boost for the local economy’. Stace have been hugely excited to work on the flagship project, with it being a first for the BREEAM team in submitting their first full assessment.

Stace were involved in the scheme in the roles of: Employer’s Agent, Cost Management and Programmers, CDMC and BREEAM Assessors. Richard Gough, Alec Penn and Paul Burns attended the grand opening and have declared that their wives would no doubt be very happy with both the stores!