Brent Civic Centre, London

Project team

Client:Brent Borough Council

Architect:Hopkins

Structural Engineer:Scott Wilson (now URS)

Main Contractor:Skanska LSE

Concrete Contractor:Mitchellsons

BREEAM Outstanding Brent Civic Centre has proved itself a sustainable concrete exemplar. Cement replacements were used in the foundations, slabs, columns and walls with recycled aggregates used in the concrete used for the frame.

The structure comprises precast, post-tensioned and reinforced concrete optimised requirements for programme, spans, finish, material efficiency and cost. 90% of the final structure was exposed concrete which maximises the operational energy saving potential of concrete’s thermal mass.

Neil Mitchell of the concrete contractor, Mitchellson said "The use of concrete ensured that health and safety protocols were easier to adhere to as concrete is fireproof, it is also sound proofing which is useful for a public service building and the visual impact could not have been achieved with other materials".

Brent Civic Centre was winner of the London 2014 National Awards by RIBA.

Facts

Building type:Public Buildings