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Hopkins' Brent Civic Centre wins UK's first BREAAM outstanding

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Hopkins Architects’ £60 million Brent Civic Centre is officially the greenest public office building in the country

The scheme, which will house 2,000 Brent Council staff, a community hall, and library when it opens next summer, was awarded BREEAM Outstanding, with a score of 92.55 per cent.

The project features:

  • a green transport plan including 250 cycling spaces and charging points for electric cars
  • rain water harvesting
  • sustainably sourced building materials
  • landscaped courtyards planted with carefully selected  drought tolerant species
  • an indoor winter garden
  • green roofs

Councillor George Crane, Brent Council lead member for regeneration and major projects, said: ‘Receiving an “Outstanding” rating from BRE is a huge accomplishment for the high profile Civic Centre project. The award reflects the council’s leadership role in promoting sustainability across all aspect of our work.  The civic centre is a tangible outcome of our efforts to creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable building which will serve Brent’s diverse community.

‘As well as having the highest sustainability and environmental standards which will save the council money in the long-term, the building’s state-of-the-art community facilities will set the standard for public sector buildings’.

Aktar Choudhury, Brent’s Civic Centre programme director, said: ‘The commitment from Brent Council, Skanska, Hopkins and URS to excel on the building’s sustainability and environmental performance targets has been the key factor in achieving the “Outstanding” result.’

The building is planned to fully open by 1 July 2013.

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