New concept of mixed use retail and community space to be introduced
Artist's impression of new store
The Kings Mall Shopping Centre is to be renamed Livat as IKEA transforms it into a mixed use retail and community space.
The shopping centre was purchased by Ingka Centres, part of Ingka Group that also includes IKEA Retail , earlier this year and it is to become an Ingka Centres ‘Meeting Place’. They describe this as a mixed-use destination for the community that brings people together for multiple reasons, that goes beyond shopping, ‘providing unique inspiring experiences for people to enjoy’.
The proposed redevelopment plans include the creation of a community hub, featuring different pop-up food and beverage offerings, as well as a space for workshops, lectures and activities.
The mall’s existing atrium will be reorganised and will include a new meeting space and a mezzanine café.
At the centre of the new mall will be a small-format IKEA store.
Works will also be undertaken throughout the mall’s interior, alongside changes to the ground floor entrances and multi-story car park.
Ingka Centres says that through innovative and smart design, the mall will be designed and operated to be as sustainable as possible – in line with its People & Planet Positive strategy.
Mario Barros, of Ingka Centres said, “We’re delighted to announce the next stage of our exciting plans for the regeneration of Kings Mall – which will provide local people and those living across London with a new, convenient retail and leisure destination. Through our unique concept development process, which we call “Meeting Place making”, we have been working to understand the needs of the local community, to ensure we can create a new place people will truly value, and we’re confident our meeting place will do just that. We look forward to sharing more details as plans progress.”
Subject to planning consent being granted, improvement works will take place in early 2021.
October 9, 2020