Brent Council have given planning consent to the Civic Centre scheme.
The new building, designed by Hopkins Architects, will be at the heart of Quintain’s Wembley City development. The council will consolidate around 1500 jobs into the new building from a number of locations. These, including the present Town Hall on Forty Lane, and Brent House, will become available for development. The new Civic Centre will also contain a library and a number of other front line services.
Andy Donald announced the consent at MIPIM, and described it as “a development which will provide momentum for the whole area”.
Michael Herbert of Scott Wilson, also involved in the scheme’s design, said: “this pioneering building will provide high quality accommodation for Brent Council staff and visitors, and act as a catalyst for the wider Wembley area.”
The new Brent Civic Centre will also be the greenest civic building in the country, say the Council. It will be a landmark building designed by award-winning Hopkins Architects. Town planning, environmental, structural design and sustainable technology advice was provided by specialist consultants Scott Wilson.
The nine-storey building will accommodate around 2,000 staff. Half the building will provide community facilities including a multi-purpose foyer with grand civic steps, a flexible community hall for up to 1,000 people, a new library and learning centre, a winter garden and a smaller Civic Hall with an external terrace and a cafe. There will also be an expanded Registrar’s service with a wedding suite and wedding garden.
The building is due to be complete in mid 2013 with building work planned to start on site in late 2010.
Gareth Daniel, Chief Executive of Brent Council said: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted unanimously and the building can now go ahead. It brings us one step nearer to realising our ambitious vision for Wembley and helps us to deliver better services and facilities to local people.
“The Civic Centre will be far more than just a town hall with office space. It will be a democratic hub for Brent and an important local venue. We really are building an exciting new community centrepiece right in the heart of this fantastic borough.”