Major town investment
It’s been a year of major milestones for Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), which has delivered new housing, school and leisure projects.
SUR is a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited and lots of positive changes have been made through the 50/50 partnership.
Creating more school places
SUR has delivered some significant improvements at Claycots Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Priory SEN and Wexham Secondary School, increasing their capacity and improving their facilities.
Over the four projects, 65 new classrooms have been created in addition to new sports halls, study areas and staff accommodation.
There is a new SEN resource base and sensory room at Priory, and a new three-storey teaching block, with sixth form centre and library at Wexham.
It’s all part of the council’s investment to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.
Getting more people, more active, more often
Slough’s leisure offering has been greatly enhanced. In 2018, SUR delivered the major extension and refurbishment of the Ice Arena (pictured above and right), the Salt Hill Activity Centre and the Langley Leisure Centre refurbishment.
Between them they offer an ice rink, climbing wall, party zone, ten-pin bowling, trampolining, soft play, indoor high ropes, caving, 100-station fitness suite, exercise studios and swimming pool.
All these new leisure facilities have been proving popular among residents, as well as attracting visitors from further afield.
Meeting the need for more homes
The Wexham Green development of 104 family homes is nearing completion.
Through a portfolio of small sites, SUR will build more than 130 homes across 25 sites, transforming a series of disused, small sites into new council housing. In 2018, phase two delivered 16 new dwellings, phase three (25 homes) is well underway and works on phase four have begun for another 36 homes.
In 2019, SUR has a number of new projects which are set to further enhance the town for the benefit of its residents and visitors alike. With plans afoot to deliver new hotels, residential and commercial space on the former library site, a significant regeneration project planned to transform the existing Slough canal basin and further residential and commercial projects entering planning, there is still plenty to look forward to.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “Our partnership with Morgan Sindall, Slough Urban Renewal, continues to go from strength to strength. It’s a partnership that has Slough residents at its core. Our future regeneration works at the Thames Valley University site and Stoke Wharf are testament to the fact we want to ensure all our residents benefit from this outstanding partnership which is redefining Slough.”
Andy Howell, SUR General Manager, said: "There is no doubt that 2018 has been a great year for both SUR and for the town. We are closely aligned with the council’s strategic regeneration objectives and with many exciting commercial projects in the pipeline, our focus remains very clear, to encourage people to live, work and stay in Slough."