18 Apr 2024

Trehus gets unanimous planning approval

We have received planning approval from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for a six-storey timber office building in Maidenhead town centre. Developed in partnership with Norwegian family-owned investor Smedvig, Trehus will provide over 6,000sqm of office space as part of the wider mixed-use One Maidenhead scheme.

'Trehus' - which is Norwegian for ‘house of wood’ – will be the first building of its kind in Maidenhead and the wider Thames Valley. Designed to be a truly sustainable office building, it will have a timber superstructure and is targeting BREEAM Outstanding. HUB and Smedvig are aiming to start construction later this year, with a view to delivering the completed scheme by the end of 2026. Appointed agents are Savills and Hollis Hockley.

Designed by Waugh Thistleton, Trehus optimises flexibility and adaptability to create a futureproofed workplace. It aims to achieve low levels of energy use while the timber structure reduces embodied carbon by 40% compared to a concrete frame. The façade design aims to reduce solar gain while maximising natural light, reducing reliance on artificial lighting, heating, and cooling. Trehus will also feature a thoughtfully designed roof terrace as well as enhanced public spaces with rain gardens, biodiverse planting and outdoor seating. Overall, it will be an exemplary workplace, providing businesses with high-quality, well-designed amenities that support sustainability and wellbeing.

Trehus forms part of One Maidenhead, a regeneration scheme that has been a catalyst for the revitalisation of Maidenhead’s town centre. One Maidenhead also incorporates 429 new high-quality build to rent homes, ground floor retail space and public realm, all of which were completed earlier this month. Those elements were designed by Studio Egret West, and are owned and managed by Get Living.

Trehus will be a marker building for the wider scheme, with frontage onto the new public square, which features extensive soft landscaping, trees and seating, as well as new art installations from local artist Kirsty Brooks, creating a green oasis in the town centre.

One Maidenhead is centrally located in the town centre and close to the railway station (National Rail and Elizabeth Line), providing excellent amenities and connectivity to new residents and office workers alike.

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