Located on a prominent site next to two well-known civic icons, Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, the Civic Centre streamlines all aspects of the Council's activities. It has become a hub and heart for the community where residents can meet, shop and eat. The building houses Brent's civic, public and administrative functions under one unified roof, providing office space for 2000 staff.

The building's spaces are arranged around a soaring, naturally-lit foyer and atrium. A large public amphitheatre and staircase within host a programme of arts and cultural experiences that enhance the building. A circular Drum, clad in timber fins, features prominently in this space. It 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. It features a 33% reduction in carbon emissions thanks to a combination of solar shading, natural ventilation, a 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.

Hopkins have also provided interior design services throughout the project.


  • Location London, United Kingdom
  • Value Confidential
  • Size 40,000 m²
  • Client London Borough of Brent
  • Year 2013

Selected Awards

  • British Council for Offices (BCO): National Test of Time Award, Highly Commended
  • BREEAM Award: Winner, Mixed Use and Other Buildings Category
  • RICS London Awards: Design through Innovation Award
  • RICS London Awards: Regeneration Award (Highly Commended)
  • Business Disability Forum: Disability-smart Award
  • Civic Trust Award
  • Building Magazine: Sustainable Project of the Year
  • British Council for Offices (BCO): Corporate Workplace Award, London & South East
  • RIBA Regional Award
  • RIBA Regional Sustainability Award
  • LABC London Building Excellence Awards: Best Public Service Building
  • RIBA National Award
  • British Construction Industry Awards: Sustainability Award, Highly Commended
  • SCALA Civic Building of the Year
  • Structural Steel Design Award: Commendation
  • WAN Award, Civic Building Sector (Special Commendation)
  • Considerate Constructors Gold Award
  • Sustainability Leaders Awards: Sustainable Building (Public Sector)