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UK's first office-to-residential private rental development granted planning permission

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Essential Living has been given planning permission for the UK's first office-to-residential private rental development.

The developer received the green light for its redevelopment of the 14-storey Berkshire House office block in Maidenhead, Berkshire by a 10 to one majority by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The 1960s tower will be transformed with an external design of a stainless steel mesh-like frame, wrapped around a glass and steel building in an egg-shaped expression.

Construction is due to begin early in 2014.

Martin Bellinger, chief operating officer at Essential Living, said: “We’re delighted to have received approval for our plans to re-develop such an iconic yet underutilised building in Maidenhead. Alongside the improved connectivity that Crossrail will bring, we intend for the development to act as a figurehead for the regeneration of the town centre, encouraging more people to live centrally and revitalizing the local community.”

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