Slough

  • Size: Up to 96,000sqm
  • Location: Slough, UK
  • Status: Pre-planning
  • Client: Institutional Investor
  • Role: Development Manager
  • Team: PRC, Barton Willmore, Ramboll, Knight Frank

Appointed in 2019 as Development Manager, we undertook a feasibility study to establish a best-value alternative use for the asset; a business park situated close to Slough. This was undertaken with the objective of crystallising an enhanced value for their asset through the planning process.

This feasibility study involved an assessment of market value vs planning risk, from which it was determined that a data centre led use presented the greatest opportunity.

As a result, we were instructed to prepare a market-facing planning application to enable flexibility for a build-to-suit facility dependent on the incoming operator.

Project Highlights:

  • Understanding complex nature of client’s requirements and navigating complex approval process
  • Sensitive handling of sale of client’s iconic headquarters building
  • Managing impact of separation on Grade I listed building in relation to planning, listed building consent and physical works