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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Brent Civic Centre

Civic green

Serving 300,000+ residents, Brent Civic Centre, is the UK’s greenest local authority building. Community hub and heart, this mixed-use space forms part of wider the Wembley Regeneration.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2013

  • 430,600 sq. ft. across 9-storeys

  • Unites Brent’s civic, public, and administrative functions under one roof – housing 2,000 staff previously spread across 14 buildings

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Outstanding (93%) – 1st to achieve this rating in its category

  • 33% reduction in CO2 emissions thanks to solar shading, natural ventilation + high-performance façade = £2.5m annual saving on lower energy and maintenance costs

  • Gardens incorporate permeable paving – allowing natural rainwater filtration – rather than conventional paving which directs surface water to central system, increasing flash flooding

  • Bio-fuel Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system utilises waste fish oil

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Includes public amphitheatre, multi-purpose community hall, one-stop shop, wedding venue, and state-of-the-art library

  • Spaces arranged around a soaring, naturally lit foyer and atrium

  • Multifunctional garden design means it can be used as several ‘outdoor rooms’ – catering to groups – or for single party use

  • Project engagement with 926 local students + 47 weeks’ worth of work experience provided

🎈Bonus feature

Partnering with IT specialist Fordway, Brent Council have reduced IT power consumption by 80%. Through a desktop virtualisation solution, only 15W of power is used per desktop – compared with 80W average. Also, part of Avengers - Age of Ultron was filmed in the building.

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