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Go-ahead for £75m Brent Civic Centre

Brent Council planners have given detailed consent for the borough’s new civic centre.

The building, designed by Hopkins Architects, with town planning, environmental, structural design and sustainable technology advice provided by Scott Wilson, will be constructed opposite Wembley Arena. The construction job will be worth £75m, according to the OJEU notice.

Council bosses say the scheme - which incorporates low-carbon technology with a combined cooling, heating and power system running on waste vegetable oil - will be the greenest of its kind in the country.

Brent Council chief executive Gareth Daniel 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.”

Mike Pauley, Scott Wilson project director, added: “This will be an iconic building with high standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.”

When completed in mid 2013, the structure will house a library, a council services centre, a community hall and offices for up to 2,000 staff.