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Running late: Siemens’ east London ‘Crystal’ to open next month

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Siemen’s £30 million Royal Docks pavilion designed by Wilkinson Eyre and Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will will welcome the public in September after failing to open in time for the Olympics

The high-profile east London sustainability centre was planned to open to visitors earlier this year but it has so far only been accessible for people on guided tours and for city delegations.

The building will now officially open to the public on 24 September.

A spokesperson for Siemens blamed ground contamination on the site and the harsh winter of 2010 to 2011 for ‘unforeseen circumstances’ leading to the schedule being revised.

They said: ‘In spite of this, the construction period at the Crystal – from January 2011 to June 2012 – has been one of the fastest in London in recent years for a project of this complexity.’

The 7,000m² pavilion – featuring an exhibition space, offices and conference facilities – is a flagship development within the Mayor’s Green Enterprise District at the Royal Docks, an area expected to become a hub for green industries.

The later than planned opening marks another set back for the 125-hectare Royal Docks enterprise district which was expected to cash-in on the Olympics buzz.

Recently one of the area’s competition-winning meanwhile uses was forced into administration and another close its doors due to lower-than-expected footfall during the games.

Wilkinson Eyre designed the building’s shell and core while Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will was lead design consultant and interior architect. Event designed the interior exhibition which is planned to open in the Autumn.

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