£30m centre anchors London’s green ambition

Aaron Morby 13 years ago
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Electronics giant Siemens plans to invest £30m in a big exhibition centre in East London to act as the centrepiece of a new Green Enterprise District.

The Siemens Pavilion building will act as an exhibition and conference centre for thew best low carbon ideas, technology and engineering.

The London Mayor also revealed his vision for a Green Enterprise District stretching across East London. This will exploit undeveloped plots of industrial land to attract new investment, create up to 6,000 new jobs.

The Siemens Pavilion will be built on land owned by the London Development Agency and Newham Borough Council and is to be located at the western end of the Royal Docks near to the ExCeL centre and London City airport.

The Green Enterprise District is at the heart of an action plan being developed by the London Development Agency to capture  the global market in low carbon goods and services.

The Agency’s work on the potential of the low carbon economy, shows that stimulating the low carbon marketplace is a massive opportunity for business, requiring  between £40bn to £140bn of investment into London and creating a workforce of more than 200,000 by 2025.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson  said: “We envisage that the District will be a vibrant, international hub incubating dozens of low carbon businesses to transform what has historically been some of the poorest parts of the capital.”

Siemens Pavilion

Siemens has appointed a consortium comprising Pringle Brandon and Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design and build the Siemens Pavilion.

The Siemens Pavilion buildings will cover an area of 3,687m2, over three storeys, the total area to be developed is 7,002m2.

The building will itself be a showcase for sustainable design and construction.

The design will maximise the use of natural daylight where possible, but will also incorporate high performance glazing, photovoltaic panels, energy efficient lighting and metering.

Rainwater harvesting, water efficient appliances, ground source heat pumps and solar water heating will all be integral to the design and the building will be constructed using recycled steel and industrial by-product cement.

Sustainable drainage and water efficient landscaping are also part of the plans to create a relaxing waterside environment around the building.

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