Green light for Sheppard Robson’s Horlicks Factory residential-led Masterplan

2nd December 2019

Planning permission has been granted for the Horlicks Factory, Sheppard Robson’s residential-led, mixed-use development in Slough. The new scheme reinvigorates the former Horlicks Factory, drawing on industrial heritage and natural assets to create a community-focused, vibrant development that delivers up to 1,300 homes.

Working in partnership with the developer Berkeley Homes and the landscape architect Bradley Murphy Design, the scheme delivers high quality, housing—including 25% affordable homes—and creates an iconic destination where people will feel proud of their local area.

The 4.95-hectare development creates a new heart in Slough, while contributing to the local economy and enhancing the area’s townscape and social offer. The scheme reimagines the former Horlicks factory and undeveloped adjacent land to provide 1,300 homes, facilities, public realm and landscaping improvements.

The scheme builds on the site’s history by placing health and well-being at the centre of the masterplan. The design reveals and reconnects with natural assets, creating beautiful open ‘aquifer gardens’ and green streets for the community. These central neighbourhood gardens provide a variety of focussed spaces for community leisure and play.

Celebrating the iconic Horlicks factory, the scheme restores parts of the building and reinterprets the site’s industrial heritage through a contemporary design vernacular. The historic clocktower and chimney have been retained and rejuvenated, anchoring a new public square for community activity and rooting the scheme in its historic context. A new mews street reinforces the industrial character of the site, referencing historic railway lines and creating an opportunity for new, high-quality family homes.

The development includes new resident’s facilities, located within the refurbished factory, such as a cafe, cinema and gym, as well as a resident’s concierge facility with a parcel store. Additionally, a bespoke community nursery is located within the refurbished factory building.

Pedestrian friendly residential streets and enhanced gateways into the site create new cycle links, from Slough centre through to surrounding neighbourhoods. Further, the development reinforces Slough as a world class destination to live and work, with its location on the proposed new Elizabeth Line, connecting with central London, Heathrow and the surrounding areas.

Anna Shapiro, Associate Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The scheme brings together a wide range of new homes in a way that supports the creation of an integrated neighbourhood, with a strong historical link to the Horlicks Factory grounds. We are excited for the development to materialise and become an iconic destination that Slough will be proud of.”

Caroline McHardy, Land Director at Berkeley Homes, said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to transform such an iconic building with years of heritage, into a vibrant new community. Slough Borough Council is driving an ambitious regeneration programme and we look forward to collaborating with them and local residents to shape a fantastic new neighbourhood and help Slough deliver their vision.”