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Demolition work begins on multi-million pound office development

The demolition of Imperial House in Alma Road, Windsor, has begun as part of a £100 million office block and car park project.

Developer Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd (SHP) has begun work on the project in order to cement planning permission, which is due to run out in February if the firm fails to show intent to develop the site.

Once demolition is complete, the site will be transformed into a 275,000 sq ft, four-building office site complete with 495 car parking spaces and a cafe or restaurant.

Initial plans for the work were submitted in July 2010 but local residents battled the demolition project, taking it to the Court of Appeal before the developer's eventually won their case in 2012.

Resident David Eglise, who took part in the two-year fight, said: “It is one of those necessary evils by a developer where unfortunately the building has had to come down.”

David and many other residents are hopeful that SHP will not secure enough interest in pre-letting the offices, which may encourage them to build an alternative building in place of Imperial House. Work on the current project is expected to take around 18 months.

Published January 28, 2014 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share