The General Manager of Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) has described the hurdles faced during 2020 as new working practices had to be introduced so that promised schemes could go ahead in the face of the Covid virus.
SUR operates as a partnership between Slough Borough Council and the company Morgan Sindall Investments Limited.
During the year it has finished its second housing scheme with 104 homes at Wexham Green on the fringes of Wexham and Stoke Poges, while handing over new homes built on the site of the former Ex Servicemen’s Club in Wentworth Avenue, Britwell to families on the housing register.
The Alpha Street car park in the town centre is being turned into 14 new homes for local people, expected to be ready early next year.
Andy Howell, General Manager at Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) said: “There is no denying that 2020 has been a very different year for us all, with many new challenges to face. I am really proud that we have been able to adapt, overcome adversity and maintain momentum safely, both in construction and in the design and development of projects.
“Despite the many new hurdles that we have faced, we have achieved some significant milestones this year. We look forward to taking some major projects forward in 2021.”
Plans were submitted in October to transform the former leisure centre site in Montem Lane into a new collection of 200 new homes with both apartments and family houses.
The Stoke Wharf area alongside the Grand Union Canal is set to be transformed into a new neighbourhood with 300 new homes, while opening up the waterways for public use.
Plans are also afoot to transform the former Thames Valley University (TVU) site at North West Quadrant into a new neighbourhood of homes, shops, leisure areas and high-quality public space. The scheme is set to be submitted for planning soon.