Slough looks at towers

towerandashbourneresizedTwo Slough town centre tower blocks could be demolished to make way for brand new homes, Slough Borough Council has announced.

The council has launched a review of Tower and Ashbourne Houses – the 1960s tower blocks in Burlington Avenue, Chalvey (pictured).

Neil Aves, assistant director housing and environment, said: “We’ve had problems managing Tower and Ashbourne for years.

“They were once considered to be a modern alternative to terraced housing but, like many tower blocks, they have become anti-social behaviour hotspots and the buildings themselves are outdated and expensive to maintain.

“We have done our best to upgrade them and improve security but it is proving too difficult and costly.

“To bring them up to modern standards and then maintain them at that level would take a considerable amount of work over the coming years.”

Architects were commissioned in December 2014 to look at possible options for the site. They include demolishing the blocks and replacing them with a mix of houses and low rise flats.

 

Tower and Ashbourne Houses contain a total of 120 flats – 105 owned by the council and 15 owned by leaseholders.

In light of the review, no new tenants will be housed in the blocks and plans are being drawn up to find the current tenants new homes.

The council will also be appointing a consultant to talk to leaseholders about buying back their properties.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, deputy leader and commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “We continue to have a big demand for high quality housing in Slough.

“The lastest costs we’ve been quoted to bring the towers up to an acceptable modern standard show that it’s simply not worth doing more refurbishment, as it would still leave design problems unaddressed.

“Instead Cabinet has agreed the budget will be better spent fully redeveloping the site to deliver higher quality, fit for purpose homes.

“This will also have significant regeneration benefits for the wider neighbourhood.”

The council has taken the precaution of serving a notice of intended demolition, which is a legal requirement and would prevent any delays once the future of the blocks is decided.

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