HCA funding fuels £450m Bblur scheme
Bblur Architects’ has landed crucial HCA funding for its Slough regeneration scheme, now on site
The London-based practice in March won £11 million from the housing quango for its ambitious bus station and culture centre project.
Demolition of an iconic 1970s bus station has already begun. The project is on target to open in January 2011.
Susan Lynch of project lead Drivers Jonas Deloitte said: ‘Securing funding of £11 million from the HCA represents a significant achievement to the Council, particularly in the current economic climate.
‘It also marks a significant milestone to a project which was first envisaged over 10 years ago and has enabled work on delivering the vision to finally commence.
‘It is a striking design, intended to form a much improved initial visual impression of Slough.
‘The first stage of works is focusing upon removing the outdated and unpopular Brunel bus station as well as a redundant 1970s office building.
Bblur’s cultural centre, close to the St Ethelbert’s Church, will feature a new library, performance area and adult learning area.
Later stages of the project will include up to 1,600 new homes; 34,000m² of office space; a hotel; new public realm and highway improvements.
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Bblur’s vision for Slough bus station wins green light
London-based practice, Bblur Architecture has won the go-ahead for its competition-winning proposal for Slough Bus Station
A model of the station will be exhibited at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, opening on 8 June. Prizes for the best in show will be awarded by the AJ and Bovis Lend Lease.
The firm was set up last year by three former 3DReid architects, Matthew Bedward, Andrew Leckenby and Daniel Berube.