Siemens green office plans approved

Siemens’ plans to build sustainable office space in London’s Docklands have been approved.

The development plans have received approval from Newham Council and will include an exhibition hall, dockside café, auditorium, conference suite and office space.

The entire development spans an area of 48 square kilometres across six of London’s boroughs.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects have designed the building with Pringle Brandon as lead consultant and interior architect.

“Siemens’ centre will be an iconic visitor attraction and educational facility at the heart of London’s Green Enterprise District that showcases and explains green technology looking at how it impacts our lives at the moment and the potential we have to create better and more sustainable living and working environments over the next ten to twenty years”, commented Chris Brandon, partner at Pringle Brandon.

The site will be a base for more than 200 Siemens employees and could generate up to 50 new local jobs.

The centre aims to incorporate sustainable design and construction features such as rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps.

Siemens hope to attract around 100,000 visitors to the centre, including school groups. The centre will showcase green technology and is expected to be completed by 2012, in time for the London Olympics.