Work has started in earnest on two new hotels and 64 apartments in the town centre as the big equipment moves onto site.
The old library site, between the A4, William Street and the High Street, is being completely transformed by Slough Borough Council into two Marriot brand hotels and 64 top spec apartments as well as ground level bar and restaurant space.
On Tuesday (28 May), leader of the council James Swindlehurst, chief executive, Josie Wragg and director of regeneration, Joe Carter had a tour of the site to see how work is progressing.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council and lead member for regeneration, said: “These hotels and apartments show the council’s commitment to not only regeneration but regeneration of the town centre area.
“This complex will bring new vitality to this area with the restaurant and bar and also a choice of hotel accommodation from the short stay boutique of the Moxy to the long-stay business suites of the Residence Inn.
“It is exciting to see work starting and I am looking forward to seeing this complex complete in less than two years.”
Josie Wragg, chief executive, said: “This incredible development shows by working closely with a private sector partner, regeneration that was only a vision can become a reality.
“Our regeneration plans have brought us new school buildings, new leisure facilities, new private and council housing and now it is bringing new commercial opportunities which will benefit residents and businesses alike.
“We are leading the way in making the best use of our assets to provide not only a longer-term financial benefit to the town but increasing investment, employment and benefits for residents.”
When complete in early 2021, there will a Moxy hotel, a Residence Inn, along with 64 residential apartments and 4,100sqft of restaurant and retail space.
The new complex is being developed by Slough Borough Council via Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd.
Just last month it was announced the Moxy hotel will be using Thunderbirds influences in its décor linking the brand new development with the iconic series which was filmed on Slough trading estate.
The 152 room Moxy, Marriott International’s millennial-focused brand, will combine stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price. Its buzzing lobbies are the hub of activity, with guests checking in at the bar, and the guest rooms are cosy yet functional, offering modern-day essentials such as free Wi-Fi and internet TV streaming capabilities.
The 92 suite Residence Inn, Marriot International’s extended stay brand, is for those who are looking for a home away from home with only suites on offer. Each is designed to provide everything you need to thrive on long stays; the suites are upscale, with full kitchens and room to eat and work – perfect for those visiting consultants who want more home comforts than a standard hotel room and a bit of space to themselves.