Star House, Maidenhead

Star House is a 112,000 sq ft, four-storey office building strategically located next to the train station, and future Crossrail terminus, in Maidenhead town centre. The building is to be transformed into a best-in-class, sustainable workspace for Legal and General Investment Management further to our planning and heritage teams gaining planning permission (July 2021).

The current somewhat dated building provides an unimpressive welcome to Maidenhead and is inefficient and below current regulations office space - meaning it has become unattractive to future tenants and at risk of long-term vacancies.   

The proposals for the four-storey building will improve the quality and usability of the site and create a more attractive and sustainable office building. An additional 21,500 sq ft will be added to the existing building via improved floor efficiencies, infilling existing lightwells, rooftop pavilions and a two storey extension and the completed building aims to gain an EPC A and BREEAM Excellent rating.

“Through modernising the building through a comprehensive, sustainable refurbishment we will minimise the impact on the environment, reconnect it with its surroundings and bring more high-quality employment floorspace and jobs to Maidenhead, while also making a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the local area.” Simon Wilkes, Head of Development for Legal & General Real Assets. 

Our team worked closely with the client, project managers and design team to inform the design approach and ensure the project programme was maintained. This included providing a joined-up approach to planning and heritage matters which fully considered the Conservation Area and townscape enhancements, integrating the site into the significant wider regeneration aspirations of the town centre.  

THIS DESIGN-LED REDEVELOPMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE HIGH QUALITY, SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MAIDENHEAD, REINFORCING THE SITES ROLE AS A KEY LINK AND GATEWAY TO MAIDENHEAD. AS WELL AS IMPROVING OCCUPIER FACILITIES, WITH A FOCUS ON WELLBEING, THE NEW STAR HOUSE WILL ALSO HAVE A NEW PUBLIC CAFÉ AND SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PUBLIC REALM PROVIDING A NEW SPACE WITH OUTDOOR SEATING AND LANDSCAPING FOR BOTH OCCUPIERS, THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND PASSERS-BY TO ENJOY, WHIST AN ESTIMATED £111 MILLION WILL BE GENERATED IN SOCIAL VALUE OF THE LIFECYCLE OF THE PROJECT.

Gary Stevens, Planning Associate

Project Details

  • 112,000 sq ft office building
  • Over 11,000 sq ft of biodiverse terracing and roofs
  • 21,500 sq ft of additional floor space
  • 18 electric car charging spaces
  • Secure cycle storage for 153 cycles
  • High-quality showers, changing rooms, lockers and airing cupboards
  • Public café and improved public realm
  • Conservation Area

The refurbishment includes:

  • Internal atrium spaces and adding three rooftop pavilions and roof terraces to provide places for workers to meet and socialise.
  • New glazing whilst retaining much of the existing exterior stone to produce a modern, sustainable and energy efficient façade.
  • The installation of industry leading low energy technology expected to see a 39% reduction in the building’s carbon emissions.
  • Sustainable transport improvements including electric car charging spaces, secure cycle storage and high-quality showers, changing rooms, lockers and airing cupboards.
  • A two-storey extension on the south side of the building creating a new entrance lobby and shared work area.

It is estimated that construction, occupation and management of the building will support up to 3,000 full time jobs. Construction will likely start on site in Q4 2021, with completion in Q1 2023.

Read more about Star House.

Images: CA Sutton Architects