by Natalie Vincent Mon 18 June 2018, 3:30 pm
Slough Council leader James Swindlehurst hailed the borough as being "on the cusp of a great window of opportunity", at the launch of an office development on 14 June.
FutureWorks, an eight-storey joint-venture partnership project between developer U+I and property investor Ashby Capital opened with a lunchtime event last Thursday for around 90 commercial estate agents and property experts.
A tour of the building concluded with speeches from Swindlehurst and MP for Slough, the Tan Dhesi and U+I CEO Peter Ferrari, who emphasised the changing image of Slough: "I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised by what we've created, in a town that in the past, too often has suffered a poor media image."
Swindlehurst spoke about the £1.5 billion investment for regeneration in Slough, and praised the building: "Great towns need great office buildings and that’s exactly what we’ve aimed to create here. This 9,290sq m building truly provides world-class office space with an excellent BREEAM rating, and as you can see, outstanding views; a real 'wow' factor for occupiers and their guests.
"The Futureworks symbolises the exciting changes that are happening in the town centre, including the redevelopment of the Queensmere shopping centre by ADIA, the Thames Valley University (TVU) redevelopment, and not forgetting of course, the arrival of the Elizabeth line next year with journey times to the West End of only 30 minutes."
Dhesi congratulated U+I and Ashby Capital for its development of Futureworks, hailing it as a "magnificent new structure". "I'm sure you'll agree that we have a very bright future here in Slough, and that it will be a great success now, and into the future as well," he added.
He also outlined the town's recent accolades, such as being named the most productive place in the country per capita, outperforming London and Birmingham, and highlighted Slough as having the second-largest concentration of data centres in the world, calling it "the Silicon Valley of England"; it is currently second only to Virginia in the USA.
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