Siemens sustainable docklands building given the go-ahead


Siemens is set to begin work on a new sustainable development in Docklands having been granted planning permission by Newham Council. The project should be completed by 2012 and will include 1,997 square metres of prime London office space alongside a 2,760 square metre interactive exhibition hall, education centre and conference suite. There will also be a waterside café as part of the visitor attractions.

The £30 million building will have strong green credentials due to plans for rainwater harvesting, solar water heating and ground source heat pumps, amongst other measures. Recycled materials, including industrial by-product cement, will be incorporated into the construction.

Over 200 Siemens staff will move into the new build which will also bring 50 new jobs to the area. It is hoped the building will become an iconic dockside tourist attraction and that completion will coincide with the 2012 London Olympic Games.