Groundwork begins at Royal Docks on �30m eco centre

Global sustainability centre on the rise

Groundwork has begun on a �30 million green project in Newham’s Royal Docks.

The Siemens Pavilion global sustainability centre at Royal Victoria Dock is the flagship of an eco-friendly business district promoted by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Newham Council, which is designed to create up top 6,000 jobs in the area.

Mr Johnson said: “Siemens commitment to London is a thumbs up for the skills our city has in green and other sustainable technologies.

“With this global electronics and engineering giant’s plans far advanced, we will do all we can to bring together the capital’s invaluable expertise with Siemens’ amazing pool of international technology pioneers.”

In addition to offices for city planners and engineers, Siemens plans to host a major, state-of-the-art public exhibition on sustainable development at the centre.

The venue will also host conferences at its 300-seat auditorium and provide facilities, including a shop, restaurant and cafe.

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The eco-friendly 3,687 sq m building will be constructed in two crystal-shaped sections and use solar power and energy efficient lighting.

As well as a 230 workforce, the development is expected to create around another 50 jobs in the area.

The building is expected to be completed by mid-2012.