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Feature Development: Horlicks Quarter, Slough

Posted 1 December 2023 by Keith Osborne

Berkeley and Sovereign Network Group are together creating a brand new community on a landmark site in well-connected Slough...

Slough’s regeneration over the past few years has seen the creation of hundreds of brand new homes and Horlicks Quarter is one of them, combining the restoration and conversion of landmark period buildings with thoroughly contemporary new build properties.

For lovers of heritage buildings, as well as the conversion of the 1908-built Horlicks Factory, its chimney and clocktower will also be highlights of the development, and the replica of the iconic brand signage atop the building symbolises the historic status of the site, which for some 100 years was Slough’s industrial and commercial icon.

A major current part of the £3.5billion transformation of the town, Horlicks Quarter has an excellent range of apartments, penthouses and houses for sale through open-market and Shared Ownership thanks Berkeley Group and Sovereign Network Group respectively. Up to 1,300 homes will be built here when completed, offering the latest energy-efficient design with the convenience of being just a 15-minute walk away from Slough’s town centre and railway station.

Berkeley show apartmentBerkeley show apartment

Berkeley’s current available apartments are in the Factory (priced from £279,950 to £649,950) and two contemporary blocks, called Aquifer House (priced from £390,250 to £398,000) and Darjeeling House (priced at £400,000). Some apartments have a scenic outlook over the landscaped Aquifer Gardens, one of several new green spaces incorporated within the development. Others look out onto Memorial Square, from where a footpath provides comfortable access across the development.

The specification of these homes includes Bosch fitted appliances and stone worktops to the fitted kitchen, with thoughtful details such as LED lighting under the wall units, and USB charging points to some power sockets. Bathrooms are of a thoroughly modern design with top-brand fixtures and tiling, and vanity units and storage. There’s carpeting to the bedroom and timber-effect flooring elsewhere. There are several show apartments where these features can be seen in the context of a professionally decorated and fitted interior, an opportunity to find some inspiration in personalising your own new home here.

As well as its array of apartment sizes and layouts, the Horlicks Factory building has undergone a re-design of its central section. The open corridors look out onto a landscaped interior under a brand new atrium, making it a naturally lit centrepiece to the building. Restored and exposed parts of the original building are complemented by the very modern design of the floorspace and lifts to all floors, including the scenic roof garden, which provides a place to relax in the fresh air and sunlight as well as a place from which to take in the landscape of the area to south, across town to the likes of Windsor Castle and distant Surrey Hills.

The rooftop garden is just one of several exclusive facilities that residents at the Horlicks Quarter benefit from. There’s also a 12-hour concierge, a gym, co-working hub, lounge games room and cinema room. There are a convenience store, café and day nursery on the doorstep too.

Rooftop garden on Horlicks FactoryRooftop garden on Horlicks Factory

New homes at Horlicks Quarter from Berkeley are currently one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments priced from £279,950 to £649,950. Buyers can ask about a current offer to match their 5% deposit, while there’s an estimated investment yield of up to 5% per annum for buyers intending to let out their property. A new phase of 11 brand new three-floor, three-bedroom houses will be released for sale at a later date. The sales & marketing suite and show homes are open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm (Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Find out more.

Sovereign at the Horlicks Quarter offers an opportunity for property-seekers unable to afford a home on the open market to ‘part buy-part rent’ through the government-backed Shared Ownership scheme. This requires a much lower deposit and mortgage which are more affordable on a modest budget.

These one- and two-bedroom properties are set within one of the contemporary blocks within the development and provide a generously sized and well-specified place to call home. It’s a pet friendly place to live, which will be a definite plus for cat- and dog-lovers. The apartments have an open-plan kitchen/dining/living space, adaptable spaces that will suit a host of options of furnishing layouts, and there’s a useful storage cupboard off the hallway too. Kitchens are of a modern design and come with oven, hob, and extractor fan fitted, and there’s flooring and carpeting included. Some of the homes come with an en suite shower room to the main bedroom.

A plus of these brand new buildings is that many properties comes with a private balcony – again, a space of impressive sized that can accommodate furniture and decoration as well as somewhere for residents and friends to enjoy. Other apartments have a Juliet balcony, where full-height glazing brings in lots of natural light and the opportunity to slide the doors to some fresh air. Some of the available homes look out onto Memorial Square, the centre-point of which is a bronze Grade II-listed statue name ‘Grief’, installed in 1949 to honour employees and family members who died in the two world wars.

You can take a tour of a Sovereign apartment here:

New homes at Horlicks Quarter from Sovereign Network Group are currently one- and two- priced from £85,500 for a 30% share (based on full market price of £285,000) and ready to move into. House-hunters are invited to the Horlicks Quarter Festive Open Event on Saturday 2 December to find out more about the Shared Ownership properties and development and for reservations by Friday 8 December, the buyer will get £2,000 to help with their move through a choice of contribution to things such as legal fees, removals or household essentials. (terms and conditions apply). Find out more at www.sovereignliving.org.uk/developments/sovereign-at-the-horlicks-quarter

 

Why buy a new home in Slough?

Slough has seen a multitude of changes over recent years, with the arrival of the Elizabeth line being one of the prime reasons that it draws appeal from people who want easy access to London without the sky-high property prices of many parts of the capital. A rail journey time of 40 minutes to the West End, as well as regular services to Reading and Windsor and the M4 a few minutes’ drive away, means there are plenty of benefits to commuters into the capital or along the Thames Valley.

The town has plenty to offer close to home. Big-brand shops, supermarkets, cafés, restaurants and takeaways sit alongside independent retailers and eateries. There are numerous gyms, fitness and sports clubs, and specialist facilities like the ice arena and trampoline park.

Horlicks Quarter and the view over Slough and surrounding areaHorlicks Quarter and the view over Slough and surrounding area

Future plans include the creation of a new town square, public space, improved pedestrian connections, and green spaces including an urban park. The proposed demolition of the tired Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre could lead to 1,600 more new homes as well as new office, retail and commercial space to create a thoroughly up-to-date ‘hub’ for residents and visitors.

Aside from the town’s own parks and playing fields, the proximity of the Chilterns and other scenic countryside makes it a popular place to live for lovers of the outdoors.

In and around Slough, more than 40 schools of the schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and there are numerous independent schools too, the most famous of which is probably Eton College.

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