Homes England – the government’s housing and regeneration agency – has bought the former Thames Valley University site from Slough Borough Council, and has teamed up with Muse to accelerate the creation of the place-changing North West Quadrant (NWQ). This new neighbourhood, which is a key site in the town centre, will continue the major positive change to the community and the local economy that we’ve created through the partnership over the years. NWQ will deliver a range of mixed-tenure homes to suit all lifestyles, places to work, alongside a wealth of supporting amenities, set within beautifully curated public spaces. Alongside Homes England, Muse is looking forward to engaging in an extensive engagement programme that’s anticipated to start in the Summer, which will inform a revised, community-focused masterplan.
Chris Scott, development director at Muse, said: "As a business, we’re committed to finding sustainable solutions to deliver place-changing regeneration that benefits communities across the UK in any way we can. This deal in Slough with Homes England is a perfect example of how strong partnerships between the public and private sector, can overcome challenges to achieve shared goals. For the past decade, through our Slough Urban Renewal joint venture, we have already successfully created much-needed affordable homes and a number of amenities, such as schools, leisure and sporting facilities in the town. We’ve also secured planning on the Stoke Wharf and Montem Lane sites, which will bring forward an additional 500 mixed-tenure homes. Slough’s a fantastic town, rich in history, and we’re delighted to reach an important milestone that’s secured the future of the North West Quadrant and we look forward to engaging with the local community and key stakeholders again soon.”
Ken Glendinning, national director – acquisitions and partnering at Homes England, said: “The acquisition of the former Thames Valley University site is an important milestone in the creation of the North West Quadrant destination. Our role is to connect local places and the private sector to support the creation of new, quality homes and we’re pleased to build on our long-standing partnership with Muse to bring forward this key town centre site.”