London Docklands Â£30m sustainability centre gets go-ahead
05-Oct-10by Annie Byrne
A new £30m event and meetings space in London’s Docklands, the Siemens Sustainability Centre, has been greenlit by the London Borough of Newham. The 22,300sqm development, which is set to open in early 2012, is owned by the London Development Agency and Newham Borough Council and will be in walking distance of Excel London and the Olympic Park. The building will include a 2,760sqm interactive exhibition hall, with an education facility, shop and dockside café; a conference suite with a 300-seat auditorium, meeting room and café; as well as office space for 230 employees. It is designed to showcase urban sustainability with a permanent new technology exhibition and education facility. Siemens expects to attract around 100,000 visitors a year including school groups and says it hopes it will be a flagship for a planned "green enterprise district" in east London.“I hope the Siemens pavilion will act as a catalyst for wider community involvement in the debate about how we best address the challenge of climate change in our cities," Chief Executive at Siemens, Andreas J. Goss, said.