Brent Civic Centre now open to public

VolkerHighways has completed the external works for the new Brent Civic Centre, now located next to two iconic buildings, Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. The new building recently opened to the public and hopes to fulfill Wembley's vision of a single community building consolidating civic, public and administration functions.

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Appointed by Quintain Estates, VolkerHighways was the principal contractor for all hard and soft landscaping surrounding the building and worked collaboratively with ENVAC on the installation of an integrated recycling system.

The £1.8m contract consisted of the construction of a king post retaining wall surrounding the entire centre, the construction of internal roads and external roads, paving, construction of a new carriageway, fencing, street lighting and the installation of the ENVAC recycling system. VolkerHighways worked with sister company VolkerGroundEngineering to install the king post retaining wall.

Installing ENVAC's vacuum waste collection system, a complex network of piping that takes waste from one area of the building to a waste collection area, involved excavating trenches 6m deep and laying 6m long steel pipes along the trenches. The integrated recycling system will provide a seamless approach to waste disposal at the centre.

Combining the functions of a town hall, conference centre, wedding venue, public library, café and customer service centre, the new Brent Civic Centre now provides office space for over 2,000 employees previously located in fourteen buildings scattered across the borough. Not only will the building contribute to estimated savings of £2.5m a year, but it will mean the council can offer a much more integrated service to residents, all under one roof.

Lawrence Upton, VolkerHighways schemes manager, commented: "It has been a fantastic project to work on in terms of the scale and collaboration on site. It's been great seeing this all fit in with the huge re-development scheme that is taking place in this area, not to mention working alongside such iconic buildings.

 "I would like to thank the team's fantastic work, adhering to a tight working schedule despite the majority of the works taking place over the winter period."