Context 165 - August 2020

40 C O N T E X T 1 6 5 : A U G U S T 2 0 2 0 the 47-metre-tall chimney. Particularly interest- ing features within the site include the listed war memorial, comprising a bronze sculpture of an angel in grief, designed by renowned artist William Reid Dick; the factory’s north main entrance, incorporating art-deco motifs; sidings that once connected to the main railway; and six covered-over artesian wells, originally used in the food manufacturing process. Berkeley Homes was granted planning permis- sion in March 2020 for the conversion of the Horlicks Factory into residential apartments, Madeleine Rigby is a heritage consultant with Lichfields. The vacant factory awaiting conversion with a nursery and café at ground floor level, and a series of residential blocks within the factory grounds. The scheme, designed by Berkeley and architects Sheppard Robson, will preserve the clocktower, chimney and signage. The factory will remain a prominent landmark, visible from various parts of central Slough and from the railway when approaching Slough by train. For the first time the factory grounds will be publicly accessible, allowing local residents and visitors to appreciate and enjoy the history of the site. Landscaping is an important part of the scheme, and new areas of public realm will be created around the historic and new buildings. The sid- ings will be retained and the war memorial is to be set within a new public square, designed by landscape architects Bradley Murphy Design. The aim is to realise the original design intention for the memorial and create a space that provides appropriate opportunities for refection and com- memoration. Listed building consent to relocate the memorial, which currently sits in a sprawling car park, was granted along with the planning permission. This will strengthen the memorial’s relationship with the original factory entrance. Adaptively reusing the vacant factory will ensure that this locally iconic building remains at the heart of Slough’s local community, con- tributing to the town’s identity and acting as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration. Quoting one of Horlicks’ original straplines, the Horlicks factory showcases how preserving and adapting redundant historic buildings can contribute to their local area by ‘Restoring energy and vitality’.

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