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IKEA Nagakute, Nagakute City, Aichi

The ninth store in IKEA’s roll-out for Japan

This IKEA Nagakute is the 9th store in IKEA’s roll-out for Japan comprising store, parking and nursery school buildings with gross floor area of approximately 58,000m2.

Arup was involved in the project from the preliminary planning stage providing project management service following on from the previous project for IKEA Tachikawa. Arup has project managed many aspects for IKEA including structuring the tender strategy, planning the budget, managing the schedule, preparing the tender documents, monitoring the planning and construction progress, monitoring the contract and change management and managing the project risks.

The construction was completed in August 2017 and IKEA Nagakute was officially opened in October 2017.

Project Summary


58,000 m² Gross floor area

On-time, one-budget with a strategy

With increasing cost and labor shortage in the Japan construction market, IKEA was seeking a procurement method to keep on time and budget since the commencement of the project. Arup built the procurement strategy with IKEA proposing possible procurement methods, interviewing general contractors nominated in the long list, advising on the contents of tender documents and seeking evaluation methods. Through the evaluation of the procurement strategy, the minimum package for a design-build contract was chosen to be the best balance among the risk, time and cost. The tendering for the general contractor was successful and the project was led to the completion keeping to the original planned construction schedule and budget.

Managing a huge team seamlessly

The project team was consisted of ten parties from the client, nine consultants covering the project manager to the slab-consultant, the general contractor, seven separate works contractors and other suppliers. To manage the huge project team, Arup developed the project master schedule unifying the timelines and milestones of all project members and controlled it overviewing the whole project. In addition to the project master schedule, to ensure steady progress in each project phase, Arup managed the actions raised up in the project team using the action list, which was reported as the monthly/weekly report to the client.