The iconic Horlicks site in the centre of Slough is set to be revitalised with homes, green spaces and biodiversity as a planning application from Berkeley Homes is approved by the council.
Up to 1,300 homes are to be built on the Stoke Poges Lane site – with 325 affordable homes included – with Berkeley restoring the iconic factory building, chimney and clock tower.
Berkeley’s plans also include the creation of a new public pedestrian/cycle link through the site which will provide a quicker route to the town centre and train station for the surrounding neighbourhood.
The development will also feature new high quality public open spaces and gardens, with a new community square at Clocktower Place to include a nursery and a café, plus biodiversity enhancements with on-site bee hotels.
Furthermore, in addition to local job creation and opportunities for apprenticeships, Berkeley will be contributing towards improvements for Slough’s local infrastructure totalling £5.25m, to include education, transport, highways, sports and leisure, plus local biodiversity, to benefit the wider community.
Caroline McHardy, Land Director, Berkeley Homes comments: “Berkeley is passionate about creating fantastic communities where people aspire to live.
“Our focus is on placemaking, not just housebuilding. We have a proven track record in creating new communities across Berkshire, including at Woodhurst Park in Warfield and Taplow Riverside. We are therefore delighted to have this opportunity to transform such an iconic building with years of heritage, into a vibrant new community.
“Slough Borough Council is driving an ambitious regeneration programme and we look forward to collaborating with them and local residents to shape a fantastic new neighbourhood and help Slough deliver their vision.”
Josie Wragg, chief executive of Slough Borough Council said: “The Horlicks development is a key site in the regeneration of the whole town centre area and I know residents were keen to keep the iconic façade so I am delighted this amazing development has been approved.
“By working with us, Berkeley have brought forward a development that brings private and affordable housing – which are very needed in Slough – but also incredible green spaces, biodiversity and community living and we are proud to welcome such a development in the centre of the town.
“The regeneration of the town centre area is gathering pace and we are excited for this development and the future of the whole area.”