Siemens Brings its Global Centre for Urban Sustainability to LondonBy Siemens Ag, PRNE
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
MUNICH and LONDON, May 4, 2011 - The Mayor of London and Siemens are to create a unique centre in
Newham, East London, where city experts and high-tech engineers will work
side by side.
Siemens AG intends to bring its global Centre of Competence for cities to
London and create a joint 'think tank' with the city of London where
international, high-tech engineers and London's city experts will work
together side by side. "Our London-based centre for urban sustainability will
be the flagship of our new Sector Infrastructure & Cities. We will bring
Siemens engineers and a wealth of global city expertise to our landmark
building, creating a win-win situation for London," said Siemens President
and CEO Peter Löscher. The Mayor of London, Boris 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 for their new centre far advanced we will do all we can to
bring together the capital's invaluable expertise with Siemens' amazing pool
of international technology pioneers."
Siemens AG intends to be a leading participant in the dynamic growth of
cities and infrastructure investments. Therefore the company has formed a new
sector spearheaded by a global Centre of Competence located in London. In
addition to offices for city planners and engineers, Siemens plans to host a
major, state-of-the-art, exhibition on sustainable urban development at the
centre, which will be open to the public, as well as hosting conferences in
its 300-seat auditorium and providing facilities for visitors including a
shop, restaurant and café.
Siemens has raised the building's credentials to the highest standards
available. Groundwork has already started at the site with plans to construct
an All Electric Building - meaning no fossil energy for the building will be
required. The Siemens centre will be a substantial landmark - it will cover
an area of 3,687m2, in two dramatic, crystal-shaped sections. Siemens has
invested more than GBP30 million into the centre to make sure it will meet
the highest building standards - such as the LEED "Platinum" and the BREEAM
"Outstanding" for sustainable design and construction. The building will be
embedded in a smart grid and will include charging stations for e-vehicles.
It will make use of solar power, ground source heat pumps, energy-efficient
lighting and a closed water cycle. It is due to become operational and open
to the public by mid-2012.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and
electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare
sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence,
innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the
world's largest provider of environmental technologies. More than one-third
of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2010,
which ended on September 30, 2010, revenue totalled EUR76 billion and net
income EUR4.1 billion. At the end of September 2010, Siemens had around
405,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet
Contact details: Jörn Roggenbuck, Siemens AG, Tel: +49(89)636-33581, Email: joern.roggenbuck at siemens.com; Anne Keogh, Siemens plc, Tel: +44(0)1276-696312, Mobile: +44(0)7808-823545, Email: anne.keogh at siemens.com
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