Fordway and Brent Council have implemented a virtualised desktop infrastructure which has reduced power consumption by more than 80%, saving money on electricity costs and significantly reducing the council's carbon footprint. The solution supports flexible working for council staff, including home working and hotdesking, and enables the IT team to provide a better service for users while improving data security. The new infrastructure is one of the many environmentally friendly features of the council's new civic centre, which has been recognised as the greenest public building in the UK.
When Brent Council approved plans to build a new Civic Centre opposite Wembley Arena, it provided an ideal opportunity for the council’s IT department to implement a solution which they had been considering for some time. The Civic Centre is saving the borough around £2.5 million a year and has received a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating from the Building Research Establishment, the world's foremost environmental assessment award for building projects. It is officially the greenest public building in the country and the fourth greenest building worldwide out of only ten that have received the BREEAM Outstanding rating. The building will achieve a 33 per cent reduction in carbon emission, with energy consumption 100% more efficient than similar buildings.