Planning permission secured for Sustainability Centre

Siemens has been given planning consent by the London Borough of Newham for the development of its WilkinsonEyre designed £30 million landmark sustainability centre in London's Docklands. Councillors have resolved to grant consent for the plans subject to signing of the Section 106 Agreement later in 2010. The design team also includes Pringle Brandon as lead consultant and interior architect; Event is designing the exhibition space, and the engineering consultant is Arup.

Set to open in early 2012, in time for the London Olympic Games, the centre will showcase new technology from around the world and new ways of living and working in a more sustainable city. The interactive exhibitions and events will be open to the public.

Chris Wilkinson said: "We are really pleased to receive consent for this exciting building which embodies the key design philosophies of our practice: combining the latest technology with dynamic form and an inherent approach to sustainability."

The 22,300 sqm (240,037 sqft) development site, which is owned by the London Development Agency and Newham Borough Council, sits at the heart of London's Green Enterprise District on the western edge of the Royal Victoria Docks with the O2 Centre (Millennium Dome) as a backdrop. The nearest station will be Royal Victoria on the DLR line and the centre will be within walking distance of ExCeL and the Olympic Park.