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HLM wins Slough Town Hall comp

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HLM Architects has won the chance to redesign Slough Town Hall, a significant scheme at the centre of the Berkshire borough's wider regeneration project.

Part of the Heart of Slough regeneration scheme, the current 1930s town hall will be redeveloped, rehousing council staff in a renovated building with significant new additions.

HLM saw off Reid Architecture, ORMS and Pringle Brandon to win the scheme, which will consolidate council staff in one building in the centre of the town.

The firm was originally running against five practices - with the shortlist also including HOK International and Sheppard Robson - but the two practices dropped out of the race.

According to HLM, the town-hall project will include updating the working conditions for staff and providing the civic headquarters with state of the art technology, and will also deliver a substantial new building element to the site.

The 12,500m2 scheme is a significant win for HLM, which is steadily making a name for itself in the local-authority sector.

The practice is also undertaking a great deal of work for the London Borough of Greenwich, providing new civic headquarters as well as a library and local service centres.

by Richard Vaughan

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