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Planning permission for Brent Civic Centre March 26, 2010

Hopkins Architects' design for the new Brent Civic Centre has been granted planning consent with a unanimous vote.

The new building, to be located opposite Wembley Arena and close to the Wembley Stadium, will realise Brent Council's vision for a community building consolidating the efficient delivery of services to Brent's diverse communities and paving the way for regeneration of the Wembley Masterplan northern area.

Having recently completed a new Civic Building for Hackney, Brent's new Civic Centre is a further step toward establishing an efficient and sustainable model for civic buildings delivering public services. Located in the heart of Wembley, it will become a new landmark and public 'place' for the residents of Brent providing a wide range of community facilities under one roof, as well as accommodating 2,000 council staff and councillors.

Within the Civic Centre, Hopkins has designed a new multi-purpose community hall, which will accommodate Theatre, Concerts and large Wedding receptions.

The large foyer and atrium has been designed as a flexible space within which a large public staircase will become seating for 'Wembley Live' performance events. Other functions will include a one-stop shop and a state-of-the-art library and learning centre.

The building aims to achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding' through a combination of solar shading, natural ventilation, fa├žade performance and combined cooling, heating and power utilising waste vegetable oil.