Could Sainsbury's Greenwich become UK's first Grade II* listed supermarket - and stop Ikea?

News Shopper: Could Sainsbury's Greenwich become UK's first Grade II* listed supermarket - and stop Ikea? Could Sainsbury's Greenwich become UK's first Grade II* listed supermarket - and stop Ikea?

A PIONEERING Greenwich eco-store, set to be demolished to make way for an Ikea, could be the first purpose-built supermarket to get listed status if a campaign group has its way.

The Twentieth Century Society is calling for the Sainsbury's in Bugsbys Way to be saved from demolition and listed as Grade II*.

A campaign to save the award-winning store, which is less than 15 years old, is being led by the its former architect Paul Hinkin.

He said: "Sainsbury’s Greenwich is a paradigm shift in public building which must be preserved. If its wanton destruction is permitted, it will do irreparable harm to the cause of sustainable development in the UK. "

And society director Catherine Croft said: "It is the most innovative retail store to have been built in the UK in the last 50 years."

To sign the petition against the demolition, set to be decided on in March, visit petitionbuzz.com/petitions/stopikea

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5:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Joelo says...

can some of us start a "we want Ikea petition in response"?
can some of us start a "we want Ikea petition in response"? Joelo

7:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Ferdy54 says...

Let them build the same thing again where they're going to build it and then they can have it listed!!! Problem solved!
Let them build the same thing again where they're going to build it and then they can have it listed!!! Problem solved! Ferdy54

12:29am Fri 21 Feb 14

allday says...

If this building means so much, why is Sainsbury's leaving it and builds somewhere else new?
If this building means so much, why is Sainsbury's leaving it and builds somewhere else new? allday

9:25am Fri 21 Feb 14

ms day says...

THIS SUPERMARKET WAS BUILT TO BE THE FLAGSHIP SUSTAINABLE BUILDING .15 YEARS LATER LXB RETAIL RIDE INTO TOWN PROPOSE DEMOLITION FOR A IKEA STORE .THIS EQUALS MORE POLLUTION GRIDLOCKED ROADS AS USUAL GREENWICH COUNCIL PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE .
THIS SUPERMARKET WAS BUILT TO BE THE FLAGSHIP SUSTAINABLE BUILDING .15 YEARS LATER LXB RETAIL RIDE INTO TOWN PROPOSE DEMOLITION FOR A IKEA STORE .THIS EQUALS MORE POLLUTION GRIDLOCKED ROADS AS USUAL GREENWICH COUNCIL PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE . ms day

10:49am Fri 21 Feb 14

Simon bald says...

best get rid it has been an awful store for months now
best get rid it has been an awful store for months now Simon bald

11:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

Joelo says...

ms day wrote:
THIS SUPERMARKET WAS BUILT TO BE THE FLAGSHIP SUSTAINABLE BUILDING .15 YEARS LATER LXB RETAIL RIDE INTO TOWN PROPOSE DEMOLITION FOR A IKEA STORE .THIS EQUALS MORE POLLUTION GRIDLOCKED ROADS AS USUAL GREENWICH COUNCIL PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE .
How will replacing a sainsburys store with an ikea store mean gridlocked roads? its allready a location with shops and a cinema and the proposal is for ikea to replace sainsburys so how will this equal grid locked roads? may be a slight increase in traffic but hardly gridlocked roads
[quote][p][bold]ms day[/bold] wrote: THIS SUPERMARKET WAS BUILT TO BE THE FLAGSHIP SUSTAINABLE BUILDING .15 YEARS LATER LXB RETAIL RIDE INTO TOWN PROPOSE DEMOLITION FOR A IKEA STORE .THIS EQUALS MORE POLLUTION GRIDLOCKED ROADS AS USUAL GREENWICH COUNCIL PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE .[/p][/quote]How will replacing a sainsburys store with an ikea store mean gridlocked roads? its allready a location with shops and a cinema and the proposal is for ikea to replace sainsburys so how will this equal grid locked roads? may be a slight increase in traffic but hardly gridlocked roads Joelo

6:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

msinterested says...

I think this is all ridiculous.. Sainsbury have or are relocating.. to the bottom of Charlton where Wickes used to be (Smiths diy previously) so keeping the building as is, is to serve what purpose?.. Comets building stands empty . so will this building.! This area needs a new furniture outlet and ikea seems as good as any,. As for extra traffic? really... It will not generate any more traffic than already use existing stores!!!.I do not see why we have the fuss ,it seems to me to be "much ado about nothing"
I think this is all ridiculous.. Sainsbury have or are relocating.. to the bottom of Charlton where Wickes used to be (Smiths diy previously) so keeping the building as is, is to serve what purpose?.. Comets building stands empty . so will this building.! This area needs a new furniture outlet and ikea seems as good as any,. As for extra traffic? really... It will not generate any more traffic than already use existing stores!!!.I do not see why we have the fuss ,it seems to me to be "much ado about nothing" msinterested

4:01pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Tom_Perfect says...

msinterested wrote:
I think this is all ridiculous.. Sainsbury have or are relocating.. to the bottom of Charlton where Wickes used to be (Smiths diy previously) so keeping the building as is, is to serve what purpose?.. Comets building stands empty . so will this building.! This area needs a new furniture outlet and ikea seems as good as any,. As for extra traffic? really... It will not generate any more traffic than already use existing stores!!!.I do not see why we have the fuss ,it seems to me to be "much ado about nothing"
This fine building could have continued to serve as a supermarket, had Sainsbury's not imposed a restrictive convent upon its sale. Tesco, Morrisons, even Waitrose or M&S.

I would very much like to see the store retained, but fear the Twentieth Century Society may have uphill battle in convincing English Heritage. The listing of buildings less than thirty years old is rare and requires exceptional rigour.
[quote][p][bold]msinterested[/bold] wrote: I think this is all ridiculous.. Sainsbury have or are relocating.. to the bottom of Charlton where Wickes used to be (Smiths diy previously) so keeping the building as is, is to serve what purpose?.. Comets building stands empty . so will this building.! This area needs a new furniture outlet and ikea seems as good as any,. As for extra traffic? really... It will not generate any more traffic than already use existing stores!!!.I do not see why we have the fuss ,it seems to me to be "much ado about nothing"[/p][/quote]This fine building could have continued to serve as a supermarket, had Sainsbury's not imposed a restrictive convent upon its sale. Tesco, Morrisons, even Waitrose or M&S. I would very much like to see the store retained, but fear the Twentieth Century Society may have uphill battle in convincing English Heritage. The listing of buildings less than thirty years old is rare and requires exceptional rigour. Tom_Perfect

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