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Skanska is building the Civic Centre for Brent Council valued at approximately £85 million. Covering a total area of around 40,000 square metres, the new Civic Centre is located within the Wembley regeneration area opposite Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena Square.
To construct this project, Skanska put together an in-house team, which includes its skills in construction, mechanical & electrical installation, piling & foundations and steel decking. Hopkins Architects have designed the scheme, which reinforces the site's prominent location.
Market segment: Recreational, Offices
Skanska and Brent Council will lead the way in sustainable development on the scheme to achieve Brent's aspiration to build the UK's first ‘Outstanding' BREEAM rated public building. To achieve this, Skanska will incorporate elements such as a vegetable oil fired tri-generation unit, high performance facades, efficient building services, and rainwater recycling into the building.
The nine storey Civic Centre will include accommodation for up to 2,000 staff and councillors and provide outstanding community facilities. The building will include a main foyer and reception, state of the art new library and learning centre, Council Services Centre, Registrars services, wedding suite and wedding garden, partner organisations, restaurant, retail space, a large community hall and winter garden, upper lobby/gallery and training facilities.
The third floor will include the Civic Hall and roof garden, Committee Rooms and the councillors and Mayor's offices will be on the fourth floor. Administrative accommodation will be situated on the upper floors and the basement will be used for parking, loading and mechanical plant for the building and showers and changing facilities.
Commenting on the award, Paul Heather, Managing Director of Skanska's Building - London & South East Operating Unit said: "We are delighted to be working with Brent Council on their vision to build this Civic Centre at Wembley. Skanska was recently named industry leader in the Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards 2010. This makes us the "greenest contractor" with the culture and commitment to meet the sustainability requirements of this new public building. We are looking forward to working with all the team at Brent to deliver this Civic Centre for the people of Brent and London."
Gareth Daniel, Brent Council's Chief Executive, said: "Brent's new Civic Centre is a critical component of our current improvement and cost reduction programme that helps us to consolidate our current property portfolio. The development also forms an important part of one of the UK's most exciting regeneration projects in the heart of Brent. Working with Skanska, we will deliver a high quality, sustainable building, which celebrates Brent's unique diversity and champions our local communities, whilst setting the standard for other developments to follow within the Wembley regeneration area. We are determined to create a building in which the people of Brent and London will take pride."
David Selby, Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects, said: “We are delighted that the project is moving forward to the construction stage and that Skanska have been appointed - this is a major step forward for Brent Council and for establishing an efficient and sustainable model for civic buildings delivering public services."