The council’s community sports facility, Arbour Park, has won two major titles at the LABC central region building excellence awards.
Arbour Park scooped the best public service building and best inclusive building at the awards presentation on Friday evening (25 May).
Members of the council’s building control team, councillors and officers along with the builders attended the central region awards at the Doubletree Hilton in Milton Keynes.
Regional winners in each category are automatically shortlisted for the LABC national awards which are being held in London on Friday 9 November at the Westminster Plaza.
The £8.4million Arbour Park facility is one of a series of projects developed through Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) – a partnership between the council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, which is driving regeneration across the town.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “Arbour Park is a spectacular facility for the public and now award-winning for its build quality, vision and ambition for the town.
“Arbour Park was the first in a series of new leisure facilities in the borough and shows we are not just providing new buildings, but ones which work with and for the community.
“To be recognised in this way shows the incredible partnership we have with SUR and also the amazing work of our council building control team.”
Andy Howell, general manager of Slough Urban Renewal, said: “We are extremely proud of Arbour Park and are delighted with the increase in everyone taking part in sporting activities and the amazing rise of Slough Town Football Club now they have a home in the borough.
“SUR is all about providing regeneration and being a catalyst for change within Slough and seeing our buildings and Slough vision become award winning again is very satisfying.”
Arbour Park is a state-of-the-art 1,950-person capacity community sports stadium and home of Slough Town Football Club, which has a 3G artificial full size pitch, two covered stands, covered terraces, changing facilities and a large venue as part of the grandstand with a spectacular view of the pitch, bar, onsite catering, training areas and more.
Arbour Park’s flood-lit 3G artificial pitch is one of only 28 in the country and has been awarded the prestigious FIFA Quality Pro certificate.
In 2017 Arbour Park was awarded the Non-League stadium of the Year by Groundtastic – the magazine for football grounds.
The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.
The LABC network covers all local authorities in England and Wales and is split into 12 regions, each of which holds their own awards.
The central LABC Building Excellence Awards cover the following areas: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
In the photo from left to right:
Sponsor of the award, Swiftclean building services
Nitesh Pankhania, Slough building control
Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure
Karl Hoffman, Morgan Sindall Construction
Alison Hibbert, leisure strategy manager
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council
Sanjay Dhuna, service lead for planning and transport
Harnek Sidhu, Slough building control
Chris Griffith Jones, president of the LABC