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Slough town centre plans get go ahead

The regenration masterplan for Slough has been given the go-ahead by Slough Borough Council’s planning committee.

The £450m scheme will revitalise a 29-acre site in the town centre of Slough.

“This approval will breathe new life into the town and give us another reason why we can be proud to be Slough.” said Strategic Director of Resources, Andrew Blake-Herbert. “Slough Borough Council is continuing to invest in the town during this difficult economic period. We’ve planned for this for a long time and the project is affordable, deliverable and inspirational.”

The Heart of Slough project will be delivered by Slough Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, and Development Securities. It will bring new homes, offices, hotels, retail and community facilities to the centre of Slough.

The existing Brunel bus station will be replaced with a sleek modern design by Matthew Bedward of Bblur architects and consultants Buro Happold. The model for the bus station has already attracted the interest of the Royal Academy, which shortlisted it for the 2009 summer exhibition.

Another landmark building will be the Learning Curve, which will be the home for the new central library, adult learning and cultural activities. The impressive glass fronted building has been designed to reflect and complement St Ethelbert’s church, reinforcing the church’s position as an important focal point for the town.

The bus station is due for completion in early 2011, and the Learning Curve will be completed during 2012.

In the same meeting, the planning committee also approved the detailed plans for a new road layout to replace the existing Brunel roundabout. Incorporating interlinked traffic lights that communicate with each other, the new layout promises to improve traffic flow at this busy junction.

This decision follows the publication of Regeneration and the Recession, an all party Whitehall report released on 30 June, which encourages councils to work more closely with private sector partners and the HCA to ensure regeneration continues during recession.

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