PLANS to develop an “iconic” seven-storey office building in the heart of the Slough Trading Estate is to be decided next week.

SEGRO, the applicants, want to demolish two vacant buildings, which date back to the 1930s, on 183-187 Road Liverpool Road for a “landmark” building that will host small businesses.

Slough councillors on the planning committee will meet next Wednesday and have been recommended to defer and delegate the plans to the head of planning for approval.

The proposed seven-storey building will provide a total floor space of 26,253m². A café is also proposed on the ground floor fronting Buckingham Avenue adjacent to the reception.

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The second to fifth floors will comprise flexible workshops and studio units aimed at small businesses. Each floor will also have a shared break-out space, ancillary meeting rooms, and welfare facilities, including showers and changing facilities.

The sixth floor will comprise office floorspace that will have access to a rooftop landscaped terrace.

It is envisioned the proposed development up to nearly 400 operational employment opportunities as well as pump £25.4m into the economy and £880,000 in business rates per year.

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SEGRO has proposed to add a ‘micro-forest’ a long Buckingham Avenue. A ‘green wall’  and solar panels are also incorporated into the design.

It is proposed to provide 210 car and van parking spaces, including eight disabled bays, 24 electric vehicle spaces, and four motorcycle parking spaces.

In a pre-application presentation in April, Cllr Pavitar K. Mann (Lab: Britwell & Northborough), lead member for planning said: “Modernising elements of the trading estate and meeting the changing needs is to be welcomed.

“I think it looks like an iconic, standalone building.”