Brent Civic Centre

London, UK


This landmark Civic Centre building for Brent Council is located within the Wembley regeneration area, opposite Wembley Arena and Wembley Stadium. The new development will realise the Council’s vision for a community building, consolidating their civic, public and administrative functions onto one site.


Unitised curtain wall facades to office floor plates.

Tensioned point fixed suspended glass facades enclosing the atria entrance.

Structural silicone glazed facades to the star cores

Steel and glass stick systems with integral glass brise soleil to the front elevation

Unitised double glazed facades with sound attenuating timber spandrels.

Insulated panel system with ribbon windows and timber fin mullions to the Civic Drum.


12 floors

170 containers of material

16 different facade types

16,600m2 of façade

Innovative use of timber within the facades


The design intent involved the use of many and varied facade system types, resulting in numerous and complex interfaces during both the design and installation phases of this project. The design constraints demanded the use of large format factory pre-fabricated curtain wall elements and site assembled stick system.

This presented the Site Installation Teams with numerous logistical challenges where attention to detail was critical.


The building has been awarded the coveted BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, the first project in its catgory to achieve this, featuring a 33% reduction in carbon emissions due to a combination of solar shading, natural ventilation, high-performance façades and combined cooling, heating and power systems. It is the most sustainable local authority building to have been completed in the UK.


The building’s spaces are arranged around a soaring, naturally-lit foyer and atrium which houses a large public amphitheatre and staircase that host a programme of high-quality arts and cultural experiences that further enhance the building. A circular Drum clad in timber fins features prominently in this space and houses a multi-purpose community hall, library, one-stop shop and civic chamber.


Brent Council


Hopkins Architects

Main Contractor


Facade Consultant



UK, London, Brent


Office/ public building

Contract Type

Design & Build


Completed Q4 2012

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