Consultation has begun to help shape the massive redevelopment of the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre in Slough.

British Land is inviting residents to offer views on the vision to redevelop the 14-acre site in the centre of the town into a major mixed-use scheme, likely to include up to 2.2 million square feet of commercial space and more than 1,000 flats.

The developer says it plans new workspace, homes, modern flexible retail space, food &  beverage, culture and leisure uses and new public space on the site, now known as Slough Central. The first public consultation, due to be held in March, was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Now a virtual exhibition has begun and views are being encouraged. Hard copies of all consultation materials are available on request and a dedicated website has been launched.

Russell O’Hare, development director for the project, said: “We are committed to working with everyone in Slough to ensure they have the opportunity to shape the future of the Queensmere Observatory site.

“While this is our first formal consultation event, the community team have been working closely with groups across Slough to hear their ideas for Slough Central and offer support in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

British Land says it is committed to working with residents, businesses and those who use the town centre to ensure the plans reflect their input and ambitions. Feedback on the vision had initially been requested by May 10 but British Land has extended the period.

There will be a second consultation during the Summer and target date to submit an outline planning application to Slough Borough Council is around the end of 2020 or early 2021. A decision is anticipated before the end of 2021.

British Land is asset and development manager for the project on behalf of site owner Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Squire and Partners is masterplan architect and Kanda Consulting is working on engagement with the community.


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