LB Brent have broken ground on their new Civic Centre in Wembley, and have launched a new service to make sure Brent companies are helped to win work on its construction.
Construction work is now underway on Brent’s Civic Centre, where the Mayor of Brent, Brent councillors and representatives of Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena and local businesses turned out to see the ground breaking on site last Wednesday.
This Council says the new Civic Centre will be the UK’s greenest public building, due for completion in December 2012 and opening mid-2013.
The nine storey building, within the Wembley regeneration area, will provide accommodation for 2,000 staff and councillors, and will house a new library, the Council Services Centre, Registrars services, wedding suite and wedding garden,as well as partner organisations, a restaurant, retail spaces, a large community hall and a winter garden.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Cllr Ann John, Leader of Brent Council said: “This development adds value to Wembley’s regeneration and reinforces Brent’s commitment to that regeneration. Moving the council’s operations from more than 12 outdated office buildings to the Civic Centre will also enable us to work more efficiently, improve the way we deliver better value services to Brent’s residents, whilst saving up to £4 million annually in operational costs.”
Work for local companies
Working with Skanska and its sub-contractors, Brent Council is also trying to ensure local businesses will be able to take advantage of the many work opportunities during construction.
Brent Council and Skanska have teamed up with Business to Business – a business support organisation – to launch the Civic Centre Supply Chains programme, which aims to help small and medium sized Brent businesses take advantage of the many tender opportunities during the construction phase and beyond.
Skanska and Business to Business will highlight the opportunities available to businesses in the borough and provide help and guidance in understanding what is required to be successful in delivering these contracts. Business to Business plan to run workshops linked directly to live contract opportunities and focus on highlighting the nature of the work (with representation at the workshop from the organisation procuring the goods or services).