Maidenhead gets the go ahead

Posted: 28/09/18

The first phase of our transformation of Maidenhead Town Centre has been granted planning permission!

Conran and Partners have secured planning approval for a new active hub and residential quarter for the first phase of plans to revitalise the town centre of Maidenhead. The committee report stated how “the proposed development would contribute to the regeneration and revitalisation of Maidenhead Town Centre” and provide an “enhanced town centre environment with improved connectivity, accessibility and legibility.”

York Road is the first of four phases in a wider regeneration proposal from the Maidenhead Development Partnership – a joint venture between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Countryside Properties – to redevelop several council-owned sites in the town centre, covering more than six hectares. The overall regeneration will transform the centre of Maidenhead over the next decade and provide an additional 1,200 homes.
As architects and masterplanners, Conran and Partners’ proposal aims to create a transformed civic heart for Maidenhead, providing an enhanced setting for the Town Hall and Grade II listed Library with public spaces, restaurants and cafés, increased connectivity to the wider area and a new residential development of 229 homes - 30% of which will be affordable.

To contrast with the linear streetscapes, the design seeks to establish an open ‘campus’ feel around a new library square. As well as providing additional green space, this will form part of a wider design approach to improve connectivity to York Stream, where a new frontage will bring greenery, vitality and a space for the public to live, work and socialise. The committee report noted how the waterside development would “conserve the biodiversity setting” and promote “the continuous pedestrian and cycle access along the waterside whilst improving access to the waterside for all.”
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We are delighted by the council’s decision to approve our proposal for this most strategic city centre site – the scheme marks the start of one of the most important development opportunities for Maidenhead in a long while, and one which will be strengthened by the opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2019. Key to our proposal was the careful consideration and integration of the existing adjacent heritage and civic buildings, as well as enlivening the waterway to create a re-vitalised centre and new residential neighbourhood for Maidenhead.

Victoria Whenray | Director, Conran and Partners
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