Slough Town Hall

Slough

Slough Town Hall – originally built in 1937, for the dawn of the town’s status as a Borough – was saved from proposed demolition last year.  It is being refurbished as a primary school for 420 students.  This followed a strong local campaign, supported amongst others by the Twentieth Century Society and perhaps the ghost of John Betjeman, who deemed that the building “represents a striving for unity out of chaos.”  The campaign’s website shows some of the period internal features.

English Heritage recommended it for listing for the following reasons:

“- A subtle design in a characteristic fusion of Scandinavian and Neoclassical styles, by a leading specialist firm of architects;
– Survival of the most important 1930’s interiors such as the council chamber, committee rooms and entrance hall;
– A physical manifestation of the attainment of borough status and a significant civic building.”
However, this recommendation was not accepted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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