TOWN centre shopping in Slough will be 'revitalised' by ambitious �100m plans that will see it rival Windsor and Maidenhead as a prime shopping destination.

The Queensmere Shopping Centre, in High Street, will be redeveloped into a 'vibrant social scene' with glass front-facing shops, restaurants and cafes.

The multi-million pound proposals, by Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre owners Criterion Capital, will change the Slough skyline with five new buildings - ranging between 14 and 19 storeys high - offering 911 new homes.

Byron and Linden House, which both sit 14 storeys high in Common Road, Langley, are currently the tallest residential buildings in Slough.

Michael Hughes, head of development at Criterion Capital, said: "Local employers can expect a boost in trade as the development will help Slough to compete with other centres like Windsor and Maidenhead.

"Our plans will breathe new life into the shopping centre and improve the overall feel of the town centre."

Plans were unveiled at the shopping centre last week with consultation days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The development team presented the plans and spoke to residents.

Mr Hughes added: "Local residents can expect a better connected town centre, where you can walk easily between Slough's public transport hubs, and the main shopping and entertainment areas."

The plans would add more than 11,800 sq metres of retail, food and drink and professional services office space to the centre.

New pedestrian links, leading from the shopping centre into the town centre, refurbished public spaces and landscaping are planned.

The Queensmere would be centred on front-facing shops opposite the �17.5m learning centre development The Curve - the showpiece of the town's �450m Heart of Slough regeneration project.