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Sheppard Robson reveals first piece in £450m Slough regeneration

2 Brunel Place by Sheppard Robson
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Sheppard Robson has unveiled images of the first building in the £450 million Heart of Slough project 

The 2 Brunel Place building, for developer U+I, will be the first of three designed by the AJ100 company.

The £32 million building will include 9,300m2 of office space and will be clad in aluminium panels.

The larger scheme, named Brunel Place, will transform a site next to Slough train and bus stations creating more than 30,000m2 of offices and shops arranged around public realm.

The practice’s three buildings will rise towards each other and will be linked through a series of angular forms and new public spaces to encourage the public to move through the site.

The project is set to complete in February 2018. 

2 Brunel Place by Sheppard Robson

2 Brunel Place by Sheppard Robson

Architect’s view

The building will be characterised by solid aluminium panelled facades to the east and west that respond to the specific environmental conditions, with these materials also featuring on the north façade between two glazed bays.

The main façade along the Bath Road is predominantly glazed, opening up views towards Windsor Great Park. This façade incorporates aluminium powder-coated brise-soleils, which are carefully positioned to control solar gain whilst optimising views out over the local area and beyond. All elevations have a consistent two-storey bay rhythm, which - with the distinctive angularity of the structures - creates a cohesive family of buildings.

As with all three elements of the development, the street presence of 2 Brunel Place is defined by double-height reception and a retail unit that follows the form of the building. The bases of the central and east buildings rise towards each other, framing the ‘gateway’ pedestrian space between the two structures.

All office floors have been designed around single cores to provide efficient, highly flexible spaces benefitting from high levels of natural daylight. The roof of 2 Brunel Place will feature a series of roof gardens which will provide amenity space for occupiers.

2 Brunel Place by Sheppard Robson

2 Brunel Place by Sheppard Robson

Project data

Location 2 Brunel Place, Slough
Type of project Commercial (1 retail unit at ground floor)
Client U+I
Architect Sheppard Robson
Planning consultant GVA
Structural engineer Ramboll
M&E consultant Cundall
Quantity surveyor Faithful +Gould
Lighting consultant Cundall
Main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland
Funding Ashby Capital
Completion date scheduled February 2018
Gross internal floor area 15,774m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost £32 million

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