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Hopkins reveals latest images of Brent Civic Centre plans

This is the latest visualisation of Hopkins Architects’ competition-winning designs for the new Brent Civic Centre next to Wembley Stadium, North London

The £60 million, nine-storey scheme will eventually house 2,000 Brent Council staff as well as a ‘flexible’ community hall for up to 1,000 people, a new library and learning centre, a winter garden and a smaller Civic Hall.

There are also plans for a multi-purpose foyer with ‘grand civic steps’, an external terrace, café and a larger Registrars Service facility with a wedding suite and wedding garden.

Yesterday, the authority launched the search for a contractor to build the ‘landmark’, which it sees as a catalyst to ‘help transform the way the council delivers services throughout Brent’.

Aktar Choudhury, Civic Centre programme director at Brent Council, said: ‘[This scheme] will form an important part of one of UK’s most exciting regeneration projects in Wembley in a prominent setting opposite Wembley Stadium.

‘We are seeking to create a community centrepiece in the heart of a modern development and determined to build the UK’s greenest building.’

It is expected that the new Civic Centre will be completed by the end of 2012.

Previous story (AJ 19.03.09)

First look: Hopkins’ Brent Civic Centre

The AJ can reveal the first image of Hopkins Architects’ competition-winning designs for the new Brent Civic Centre next to Wembley Stadium, North London.

The practice beat Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make, Sheppard Robson, BDP, John McAslan + Partners, TP Bennett and EPR Architects to land the project to mastermind the £60 million flagship library, community centre and council office development.

Bill Taylor, managing director of Hopkins, said: ‘This is a major new London project for us – a terrific opportunity to bring together administrative and civic functions in a new world-class building within a world-class location, to create a real community focus for Brent.’

Brent Council eventually hopes to move 2,000 of its staff into the building – which will also house exhibition and performance space – by mid 2013.

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