Sky's the limit
by Noella Pio Kivlehan Thu 22 November 2018, 4:21 pm
The skyline of Slough could change with more tall buildings on the horizon...
"Clearly there is a role for well-designed tall buildings [in Slough]," said Paul Stimpson, planning policy manager with Slough Council, speaking at the first WOW conference, the west – and west of west – London and Thames Valley conference at The Future Works, Slough today (22 November).
As an example, Stimpson highlights a 29-storey building planned for the old Octagon site. "That is a nice, slim, well-designed two towers. It has the right urban realm spaces, and it's the type of development we are looking for."
Early next year, the council is set to produce a new development strategy for central Slough that will deal with tall buildings in more detail – given land is now such a premium – and they will become a more familiar feature.
Developers are also keen to be central with the coming Elizabeth line rail link, which will make journey times just six minutes into central London from 16 to 32 currently.
Stimpson said: "Tall buildings have a place here. And when we redevelop Queensmere Shopping Centre, I am sure it will have tall buildings on top."
He added that where possible, all Slough's potential new towers will have public access. "We want people to enjoy the view. On a good day you can see Windsor Castle and Canary Wharf."
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