Bblur’s exciting new design ensures Berkshire town is on the architecture map

Those expecting to arrive in Slough to a monochrome warren of roundabouts and concrete structures long past their sell-by date are soon to be very surprised.

Architects Bblur have designed an innovative bus station, complete with sculptural 140m long roof canopy, to act as a gateway for the town’s £400m regeneration.

The new building is expected to reinvigorate the area, replacing a rundown seventies bus station and providing an architectural touchstone for a town known more for being the location of BBC sitcom The Office than for its built environment.

Slough bus station

The scheme will kick off construction of the “Heart of Slough” masterplan, a 17.5ha area which will see a new town centre built complete with council buildings, a library and new retail and leisure facilities.

The bus station received planning permission with the help of Drivers Jonas. Planning partner Mathew Jones said: “The application received unanimous approval at committee following a number of months of proactive engagement with key consultees and other interested parties to resolve all issues on this complex and high profile project. The bus station will provide a new landmark for Slough and one which we believe will be an important catalyst for further regeneration within the town centre.”