‘The Curve’ is Slough’s new cultural centre. The 4450m² building is the centre piece of the ‘Heart of Slough’ regeneration scheme opened in September 2016


Housing a library, multi-purpose performance space and classrooms; with space for council meetings and exhibitions; the building consolidates disparate community functions right in the centre of the town. 

 

Our concept which received planning permission in 2010, creates a building as a flared accommodation ‘tube’ with welcoming fully glazed entry facades on the east and west which open onto two new public squares, created at each end of the building. These public spaces anchor the building in the heart of the town centre, providing safe external space for use by the building.

The ground floor planning of the building creates a new daytime pedestrian internal ‘street’ and short cut between William Street and Mackenzie Square encouraging footfall through and into the building.

 

‘The Curve’ provides a visual end to William Street and reads as an distinctive townscape marker building on the new crossroad of Wellington Street and Windsor Road.


We developed the scheme so it  screens the service yards at the rear of the high street shops from the listed St Ethelbert’s Church. In this way we create a coherent backdrop, with ‘The Curve’ forming a gentle silver arc behind the south of the church.

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Slough Borough Council

BBLUR architecture

Buro Happold

Fitton Associates

Spacehub

Gardiner & Theobald

Turley Associates

Slough Borough Council / S.U.R.

BBLUR architecture

CZWG LLP

Peter Brett Associates

Morgan Sindall Construction

Matt Clayton, Hufton & Crow, David Butler