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    Brent Civic Centre


    A new community hub and centre for local services

    Location:London, United Kingdom
    Size:40,000 m²
    Client:London Borough of Brent
    Awards:BREEAM Award: Winner, Mixed Use and Other Buildings Category
    Civic Trust Award
    Building Magazine: Sustainable Project of the Year
    RIBA National Award
    RIBA Regional Award
    RIBA Regional Sustainability Award
    Sustainability Leaders Awards: Sustainable Building (Public Sector)
    RICS London Awards: Design through Innovation Award
    RICS London Awards: Regeneration Award (Highly Commended)
    LABC London Building Excellence Awards: Best Public Service Building
    SCALA Civic Building of the Year
    WAN Award, Civic Building Sector (Special Commendation)
    British Council for Offices (BCO): Corporate Workplace Award, London & South East
    British Council for Offices (BCO): National Test of Time Award, Highly Commended
    Business Disability Forum: Disability-smart Award
    British Construction Industry Awards: Sustainability Award, Highly Commended
    Structural Steel Design Award: Commendation
    Considerate Constructors Gold Award

    Located on a prominent site next to two well-known civic icons, Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, Brent Civic Centre provided an opportunity to not only streamline the Council’s civic and administrative activities under one roof but to create a significant new community space community space and a hub for the Borough’s diverse and multi-cultural residents to come together.

    Our competition-winning design helped the Council realise its ‘One Council’ vision and featured extensive consultation with a complex matrix of stakeholders and wider community. The building’s spaces are arranged around a soaring, naturally-lit foyer and atrium which houses a large staircase and public amphitheatre that hosts a lively programme of arts and cultural events. 

    A circular drum clad in timber fins creates a strong visual focus in the space and houses a multi-purpose community hall, library, one-stop shop and civic chamber. Behind this, glazed wings of open-plan, flexible office accommodation house over 2000 staff and 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 connect with the surrounding Wembley Regeneration Area.

    The project features a 33% reduction in carbon emissions thanks to a combination of solar shading, natural ventilation, high-performance façade, green roofs and combined cooling, heating and power which utilises waste fish oil. The project was awarded a BREEAM Outstanding, the first project in its category to have achieved this and the then most sustainable local authority building to be completed in the UK.