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New chapter for iconic Horlicks site in Slough

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Horlicks Slough

From 1908 to 2018 Slough was home to Horlicks. The factory where this much-loved bedtime drink was made is part of the fabric of Slough and has been locally listed since the late 1990s. When Glaxo Smith Kline decided to sell the Horlicks UK brand in 2017 the factory needed to find a new way to knit the community together. Berkeley Homes stepped forward and are developing an ambitious new chapter in its history with the creation of a new development and community within the heart of Slough. Glanville has been working alongside Berkeley Homes since the preliminary design stage in March 2018 providing Civil Engineering planning guidance and design. Our Structural Engineers joined the project in June 2019 and have been providing detailed design services.

Planning was approved for the 12.3 acres site in November 2019. Sensitivity to retaining the heritage of the site, creating green spaces, biodiversity and a community of homes are key features of Berkeley Homes’ design. The application approved over 1,000 new houses of which a significant number will be affordable homes along with the restoration of the iconic factory building, chimney and clock tower into luxury flats.

Glanville is involved with Phase 1 of the build to create 4 blocks of flats using full reinforced concrete frames, construction of a block of town houses and the refurbishment of the old factory. Phase 2 is subject to detailed planning but the current application includes a further 3 blocks of flats, and 2 town houses.

The project has presented a particular set of challenges through the refurbishment of the existing factory where the design features a large atrium and basement construction. This has required detailed design to calculate wind loadings and justify the overall stability of the building. In addition, the site sits above several underground water sources which has further complicated the structural design.Slough is a prominent town in the Thames Valley with a strong local economy. It is the third most productive town in the UK with many significant local and international businesses making it their home. This development will provide not just homes but a landmark place to live in the heart of Slough with beautiful open spaces for the community.

The Horlicks site is in a sustainable location close to easily accessible transport links and town centre facilities.

We are thrilled to be involved with this scheme and the wider professional team:
Architect: Symmetry Architects
Civil Engineers: Stuart Michael Associates
M&E Consultants: John Draper Associates