A library and cultural centre which will anchor the Heart of Slough redevelopment has been given a green light

The central development in a £450m plan to redevelop Slough has been granted planning permission.

A new library and cultural centre, the centrepiece of the Heart of Slough redevelopment project, has received planning permission. As well as the library, there will also be an auditorium, teaching rooms, offices and a café. There will also be a pedestrian link to the new bus station.

Cllr James Swindlehurst, commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “It is great to see the Heart of Slough taking shape and this approval is another important step forward in revitalising the town centre.”

Building work is due to start by early 2012, with the new centre ready to use from 2013. The existing town centre library will continue to operate as normal until then.