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Sheppard Robson wins planning for Hounslow civic centre

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson
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Sheppard Robson has been granted planning for a new 16,000m2 civic centre for the London Borough of Hounslow

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The new building will replace Hounslow’s existing civic centre which is being demolished to make way for housing. 

The seven-storey scheme is set to house all of the council’s office staff alongside meeting rooms, a library, exhibition space and a café. 

The council’s civic chamber is located on the top floor where it become a prominent feature of the building’s external facade. 

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

Architect’s view 

The external elevations help create a civic building that commands a presence within the community and addresses the adjacent high street. The facades are informed by a singular design approach, creating a consistent architectural language to all elevations. This vocabulary is derived from glazed bays separated by extruding geometric forms made from anodised aluminium, which vary in depth depending on the orientation of the façade. 

The shading strategy tunes each elevation to its orientation. The façade maximises natural light by incorporating large windows and the solid elements minimises solar gain, cooling loads and consequently the energy consumption of the building. 

The geometric forms of the façade vary, becoming elongated to signal the entrance at street-level and the civic chamber at the top of the building. The overall effect of the façade is a legible structure where there are views into the building from street-level as well as visual links between the public-facing facilities, civic chamber and council’s offices. 

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

Project data 

Location Hounslow, London
Type of project civic
Architect Sheppard Robson
Contractor Bouygues Development
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Area 16,000m2

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

Hounslow Civic Centre by Sheppard Robson

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