Hopkins Architects’ £90 million Brent Civic Centre has been officially handed over to Brent Council
The building next to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena will house 2,000 Brent Council staff, a community hall, and library and has been hailed as the ‘greenest public office building in the country’ having been awarded a BREEAM Outstanding, with a score of 92.55 per cent.
The ‘landmark’ will open its doors to the public for the first time on 10 June.
Wembley Library which is housed on the ground floor opens a week later on 17 June.
The building’s spaces are arranged around a soaring, naturally-lit foyer and atrium which houses a large public amphitheatre and staircase that will host a programme of high-quality arts and cultural experiences that will enhance the building. A circular Drum clad in timber fins features prominently in this space and houses a multi-purpose community hall, library, one-stop shop and civic chamber. Behind this, glazed office wings are open-plan and flexible to provide a future-proofed solution to the diverse community’s administrative needs. The building also includes space for retail outlets and a landscaped garden to help it to connect further with the surrounding Wembley Regeneration Area.
The project has been awarded the coveted BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, the highest possible, and is the first project in its category to have achieved this. As such, it features a 33 per cent reduction in carbon emissions thanks to a combination of solar shading, natural ventilation, high-performance façade, and combined cooling, heating and power which utilises waste fish oil. It is the most sustainable local authority building to be completed in the UK.
The project team included Brent Council as client, Hopkins Architects as architect, Skanska as design and build contractor, URS for town planning, engineering design, environmental and sustainability services including the BREEAM assessment, and Turner & Townsend as quantity surveyor and project manager.
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Hopkins’ Brent Civic Centre wins UK’s first BREAAM outstanding
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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