Slough zero carbon emission twin offices approved

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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Joint venture developers AshbyCapital and U+I have gained planning for two major office blocks in the heart of Slough next to the Queen Elizabth Line station.

The 260,000 sq ft of offices, designed by Sheppard Robson, are now being marketed as two of the most sustainable and technologically advanced buildings within the Thames Valley, targeting net-zero carbon emissions.

The design offers multiple roof terraces with a kitchen garden and yoga lawn and a significantly improved public realm for this new commercial quarter

Approval is still subject to completion of a Section 106 agreement.

The two new buildings, know as No 1 and No 3 The Future Works, will be built on each side of an already completed office block.

No 1 The Future Works (above left) will offer 170,000 sq ft of office and retail space across 12 storeys with roof terraces throughout the building, while No 3 The Future Works (above right) comprises 92,000 sq ft of office space including a large communal roof terrace.

The all-electric development will be compatible with future 5th Generation district energy networks.

A range of environmental measures, including integrated PV panels, a high-performance façade and solar control, electric vehicle charging, rainwater harvesting, and site-wide heat reclaim, will exceed a 40% reduction in annual carbon emissions compared to similar sized office buildings.

Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of AshbyCapital, said: “With one building completed to an exceptional standard, part let, and with strong interest in the remaining space, we’re excited to get the next phase of this major regeneration project underway.

“Covid-19 has accelerated some trends we were already seeing in the office market: increased flexibility, more widespread use of technology, and a greater focus on collaboration, wellness and community.

“No 1 and No 3 The Future Works will be best-in-class examples of innovative, future- proofed office buildings that facilitate collaboration and prioritise the health and wellbeing of their occupants”

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