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Saturday26 July 2014

Hopkins wins Brent civic centre competition

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Hopkins Architects is to design a landmark civic centre for Brent council, opposite Wembley Stadium in north London, according to council papers seen by BD.

The practice saw off competition from Make, Sheppard Robson, EPR Architects, John McAslan & Partners and TP Bennett to land the project, with BDP coming in second.

The flagship civic centre, which forms a key plank of regeneration proposals for Wembley, includes a new central library and learning centre, an assembly hall, retail and exhibition space and community and performance areas.

Brent council is to relocate its headquarters including councillors and up to 2,000 council staff to the building, scheduled to open in 2013.

Tim Williams, BDP director, said: “We are sad to have lost this fabulous opportunity to use civic activity as a regenerator and at the same time to create for Brent a centrepiece for its community.”

The appointment comes after Brent council hired former North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone chief executive Aktar Choudhury as director of the civic centre programme.

Brent council and Hopkins Architects declined to comment.

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