Demolition starts on controversial project to breathe new life into Poyle industrial estate
The imposing dark skies only added to the dramatic effect as cranes ripped a huge hole through office blocks in Poyle Industrial Estate this morning.
The regeneration scheme – which involves demolition of Brook House and Future House on the Riverside Park development – was approved by Slough Borough Council in October. It covers nearly a hectare of land opposite the new Hilton Hotel. The landlord was unable to let the offices which, despite being of high specification, remained part of the dearth of unlet property in Poyle.
Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council objected to the application as being inappropriate, despite Brook House being empty for six years while Future House was empty for three.
The change of use to include B2 (general industrial) or B8 (storage and distribution) is likely to bring this prime site in the industrial estate back into use. The landlord has been unable to find a tenant in six years despite renovations.
Several conditions have been imposed on the development, including an 8 metre buffer zone to the Poyle Channel.
Internal floorspace of the new development will be nearly 500 square metres smaller than the current buildings, and the application has been capped to a maximum of 400 employees.
The unquenchable thirst for extra large warehouses in the area to service London has seen the industrial estate transformed in recent years. A number of of Poyle’s smaller premises have been replaced with large units, while others remain empty and to let.