AshbyCapital, U+I receive planning consent for Slough office development

AshbyCapital, U+I receives planning consent for Slough office project
The Future Works Image: Courtesy of AshbyCapital

AshbyCapital and U+I have received planning consent for further phases at The Future Works, No 1 and No 3 The Future Works, a 260,000 sq ft office development in the heart of Slough adjacent to the Crossrail station.

The Future Works is AshbyCapital and U+I’s office development in Slough. The first phase, No2 The Future Works, was completed in May 2018. 

Located either side of the existing building and completing the office campus, No 1 The Future Works will offer 170,000 sq ft of office and retail space across 12 storeys with roof terraces throughout the building, while No 3 The Future Works comprises 92,000 sq ft of office space including a large communal roof terrace.

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At The Future Works AshbyCapital and U+I aim to deliver two of the most sustainable and technologically advanced buildings within the Thames Valley, targeting net-zero carbon emissions, including an ambitious reduction in embodied carbon, and a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for the office floorspace. The all-electric development will be compatible with future 5th Generation district energy networks and through a range of environmental measures, including integrated PV panels, a high-performance façade and solar control, electric vehicle charging, rainwater harvesting, and site-wide heat reclaim, will exceed a 40% reduction in annual carbon emissions in comparison to an identically-sized average building from the 2000s.

The designs also include a significantly improved public realm for this new commercial quarter. Three retail units, totalling 4,000 sq ft and located in No 1 The Future Works, will embellish the area’s amenity offering, while the existing environment will be significantly improved through the introduction of an outdoor auditorium, new seating and soft landscaping.

Designed by Sheppard Robson, the buildings offer multiple roof terraces with a kitchen garden and yoga lawn.

“Slough already has the highest concentration of global headquarters outside London..”

“With one building completed to an exceptional standard, part let, and with strong interest in the remaining space, we’re excited to get the next phase of this major regeneration project underway. Covid-19 has accelerated some trends we were already seeing in the office market: increased flexibility, more widespread use of technology, and a greater focus on collaboration, wellness and community,” said Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of AshbyCapital.

“No 1 and No 3 The Future Works will be best-in-class examples of innovative, future-proofed office buildings that facilitate collaboration and prioritise the health and wellbeing of their occupants; perfectly suiting the evolving demands of occupiers. As interest grows in high-quality, well-connected workspaces outside of major city centres, the new phases of The Future Works are ideally placed to capitalise on this demand,” he added.

“Slough already has the highest concentration of global headquarters outside London and multiple titles for being a great place to live and work. With the Elizabeth Line and a number of other major regeneration projects underway, the future is bright for Slough. As we all look forward to returning to our town centres and offices, we’re excited to reaffirm our confidence in Slough and breathe renewed life into the heart of this increasingly vibrant town,” said Paul Patenall, Project Director at U+I.

Located next to the town’s contemporary new bus station, The Future Works is moments from Slough railway station, which connects to London Paddington in 16 minutes and will welcome the Elizabeth Line next year with journey times of only 32 minutes to Bond Street.