Tower House and Ashbourne House are two vacant 11 storey Council owned flat blocks located on the edge of Slough Town Centre.
Following a feasibility study and options appraisal HTA were appointed to remodel the site, increasing the density and providing much needed affordable housing for the town. The existing flat blocks containing 120 flats are to be demolished due to their poor condition and 193 new affordable homes are proposed to replace them.
Consultation with the Council and local residents has emphasised the importance of this site in connecting the town centre with the nearby Chalvey neighbourhood.
Fundamental to the proposal is a new east-west connection through the site providing a higher quality landscaped space for the local community to enjoy.
The buildings are separated between the northern and southern parts of the site with heights ranging from 3 storeys to a 16 storey tower. The 16 storey element is also proposed to create a wayfinder for the town and respond to the adjacent urban context. The Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to grant planning approval in July 2019.