Slough ‘Landmark’ Real Estate Office Block Plans Approval
A seven-story ‘LANDMARK’ office building that could inject Â£ 25.4million into the economy has received unanimous support from councilors.
Two vacant buildings in the heart of Slough’s commercial area dating from the 1930s will be demolished for a large building that will house small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
SEGRO, the plaintiff, had its plan to build an office building at 183-187 Liverpool Road approved at a Slough town planning committee on Wednesday 15 December.
It will offer a total area of ââ26,253 mÂ² and a ground floor cafÃ© overlooking Buckingham Avenue next to the reception.
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The second to fifth floors will feature flexible light and general industrial workshops and studio units for SMEs, while the sixth floor will feature offices that will have access to a landscaped roof terrace.
A ‘micro-forest’, a long avenue in Buckingham, a ‘green wall’ and solar panels are also incorporated into the design.
There will be 210 parking spaces for cars and vans, including eight spaces for the disabled, 24 spaces for electric vehicles and four spaces for motorcycles.
Planning officers called this a âlandmarkâ office development in the commercial realm.
SEGRO will also provide a financial contribution of Â£ 50,000 for the modernization of the A4 Bath Road / Leigh Road junction and an investment of Â£ 50,000 for the establishment of a central skills and training hub in the city center to to promote local start-ups, skills, and training programs for residents, businesses and public information campaigns.
At the meeting it was understood that the development would create more than 500 jobs and inject Â£ 25.4million into the economy and Â£ 880,000 in business rates per year.
Senior Planning Member Advisor Pavitar K. Mann (Lab: Britwell & Northborough) said: âI am delighted with the redevelopment of this site. This is obviously a gateway site in terms of looking at the business arena and is definitely an improvement on what is there. ”
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However, she expressed disappointment at the Â£ 50,000 contribution to the skills hub, which could be on the curve, saying it “didn’t look like a lot”.
Planning officials say the investment is “reasonable” as a starting point for getting the hub up and running. Â£ 25,000 will be used to install it in the curve and the other half will go to advertising and public relations.