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Local Growth Fund investment summary

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has agreed three Growth Deals with government, worth a capital investment of £142,560,000 from the Local Growth Fund (LGF). This is ring-fenced to implement specific projects in the Strategic Economic Plan between 2015/16 and 2020/21. This document provides an easy-to-reference summary of all the projects that will benefit from LGF investment, their status, the delivery partner, main contractor, total cost of scheme and the benefits of the investment.

West Berkshire

Newbury: King’s Road Link Road

The King’s Road Link Road in Newbury is a new direct link between the Hambridge Road industrial area and the A339 . The scheme will support housing delivery and significantly improve access to a key employment area.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Council

Main contractor: Wilmott Dixon

LEP investment of Local Growth Funds (LGF): £2,335,000 (16/17: £1.335m; 17/18: £1m)

Total cost of scheme: £6,325,000

Status: On site

  • A HIF funding of £1.5m has been received from Homes England and all funding agreements completed
  • Network Rail has completed the work to replace the rail bridge adjacent to the redevelopment site
  • With the decontamination process complete, the Developer has appointed a contractor for the main works
  • Awaiting planning conditions to be met prior to work recommencing on site
  • Network Rail has completed the work to replace the rail bridge
  • Project resumed work on site on 27th April

Scheme benefits:

  • Decontamination of former industrial site
  • New link road and railway bridge
  • 150 new jobs

Newbury: London Road Industrial Estate

A new junction on the A339 and widening to provide access to the London Road Industrial Estate (LRIE), opened up a 10-hectare edge of town centre site for redevelopment. The scheme unlocked the potential for additional housing and extends the town centre; a longstanding objective of the Newbury Vision 2025.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £1,900,000 (15/16: £500k; 16/17: £1.4m)

Total cost of scheme: £4,500,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 14,000 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 93 new houses

Newbury: Sandleford Park

This scheme will provide additional access to Sandleford Park, a development site that will deliver up to 1,500 dwellings, via two main elements i) a new access from the A339, and ii) new junction arrangements on the A343 and the upgrading of a route to provide suitable access. The scheme will also unlock land for a new primary school.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Council

Main contractor: Dawnus

LEP investment of LGF: £2,000,000 (18/19: £2m)

Total cost of scheme: £10,060,000

Status: On site

  • The Council has received a planning application in relation to Warren Road which links to the A343 and provides the western access to the site.
  • The project has been split between the two accesses to which it is contributing (access from the A339 and the access from the A343 and Warren Road).

Scheme benefits:

  • 35,500 sqm of commercial floorspace
  • Up to 500 new houses

Newbury: Railway Station

The Newbury Railway Station scheme plans to enhance and upgrade the station buildings to cope with the anticipated increases in passengers and demand for travel and car parking from the Market Street and Sandleford Park developments. The scheme will deliver start-up incubator business units within rail land to the south of Newbury Railway Station, two new retail outlets on the station, new and enhanced cycle facilities, ticket hall and waiting areas, along with a new multi-storey car park, station forecourt, and pedestrian/cycle link to the town centre.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Council and Great Western Railway (GWR)

Main contractor: Network Rail

LEP investment of LGF: £6,691,000 (18/19: £3,63m; 20/21: £3.06m)

Total cost of scheme: £19,281,000

Status: On site

  • The Network Rail new bridge (part of the electrification project) is now open and the old footbridge has been taken away
  • Work has started on site for some early part of the interchange element
  • Project Plan has been revisited and the scheme split into 3 main stages each with their own milestones
  • The linked Market Street redevelopment scheme is now fully underway on the adjacent site
  • Results of the pedestrian modelling exercise have meant revisiting part of the design for the internal space on each side of the station to accommodate

Theale Station Park and Rail Upgrade

The scheme is a joint scheme between GWR and West Berkshire Council and will deliver station enhancements at Theale to improve sustainable transport interchange, increase parking capacity and enhance customer facilities. Specifically, the scheme will seek to deliver: a new cycle hub for up to 100 bicycles, enhanced multi-modal interchange, increased parking capacity, installation of Electric Vehicle charging points, opening of the new ticket office with fully accessible ticket desk, passenger retail provision, new Ticket Vending Machines, new waiting shelters all alongside aiming to be a carbon neutral station.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Council

Main contractor: TBC

LEP investment of LGF: £4,000,000 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £10,137,000

Status: Conditional Approval

  • The project team made up of representatives from GWR and WBC have met since the scheme was given programme entry status. Plans are progressing to provide further details and scoping of works and to progress with the development of the business case
  • Options Assessment Report completed
  • Liaison with the Local Planning Authority has taken place to inform of intentions for the station and receive advice on planning requirements.

Reading

Green Park Railway Station

Reading Green Park Railway Station is a new railway station on the Reading to Basingstoke line south of Reading. This scheme, which includes the station, multi-modal interchange and access road, will significantly improve the accessibility and connectivity of the existing Green Park Business Park and surrounding area, and support delivery of the Green Park Village development.

Delivery Partner: Reading Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £9,700,000 (17/18: £4.575m; 19/20: £4.575m; 20/21: £550k)

Total cost of scheme: £20,077,329

Status: On site

  • Planning consent received for the for new platform design platform. Flood compensation measures have been agreed with the Environment Agency
  • £2.3m had been awarded for the station from the DfT's New Stations Fund 2
  • Construction of the interchange and car park is progressing well on-site.

Scheme benefits:

  • 2,844 jobs
  • 68,000 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 3,207 new houses

South Reading Mass Rapid Transit

South Reading Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Phases 1 and 2 provided a series of bus priority measures on the A33 between M4 junction 11 and the A33 junction with Longwater Avenue, Green Park (Phase 1) and Island Road (Phase 2). Phases 3 and 4 will provide a series of bus priority measures on the A33 between Rose Kiln Lane and Bennett Road, and connecting routes in Reading town centre. The scheme will reduce congestion and journey times, improving public transport reliability on the main corridor into Reading. Phases 5 and 6, when funded, will complete the connection to Reading Railway Station. Phases 3 & 4 will also be part-funded by the LEP through the Business Rates Retention Pilot (BRRP).

Delivery Partner: Reading Borough Council

Main contractor: Wills Brothers

LEP investment of LGF:

Phases 1 & 2: £4,500,000 (16/17: £2.97m; 17/18: £1.53m)

Phases 3 & 4: £2,340,000 (17/18: £2.25m; 18/19: £90k)

Phases 3&4 (BRRP): £7,808,000 (18/19)

Total cost of the scheme: £5,620,000 (phases 1&2), £12,684,000 (phases 3&4)

Status: Complete

Phases 1&2

  • Construction works are complete

Phases 3&4

Status: On-site

  • Construction of Phase 3 A33 works has commenced
  • Detailed design being progressed for phase 4 scheme with procurement due to take place in autumn 2019 and the construction due to commence early 2020
  • Utility diversions that have resulted in significant delays are largely complete and there is ongoing dialogue with the final utility company

Scheme benefits:

  • 6,053 new jobs
  • 44,016 sq m commercial floorspace
  • 1,413 new houses

Reading West Station Upgrade

The Reading West Station scheme will deliver an improved passenger experience and multi-modal interchange, including a new station building, highway changes and improvements to platform facilities and the Tilehurst Road entrance.

Delivery Partner: Reading Borough Council

Main contractor: Network Rail

LEP investment of LGF: £3,100,000 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £4,240,000

Status: On-site

  • Reading West Station was granted programme entry by BLTB in February 2019
  • The project received financial approval at the BLTB meeting in November 2019

Reading Buses: Completing the connection

This project will deliver modal shift to sustainable transport through a step-change in the availability and quality of customer information and associated infrastructure for local public transport routes across the Thames Valley Berkshire region.

Delivery Partner: Reading Buses

LEP investment of LGF: £1,541,243 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £2,586,243

Status: On-site

Wokingham

National Cycle Network Route 422

The National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 422 will join a number of economic centres across Berkshire as part of a new National Cycle Route. The Route will start in Newbury and follow the A4 to Thatcham, Theale, central Reading, Wokingham and then to Bracknell, with the end of the NCN in Ascot.

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council with Reading Borough, West Berkshire & Bracknell Forest Councils

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £4,200,000 (16/17: £2.1m; 17/18: £1.5m; 18/19: £200k, 19/20: £400K)

Total cost of scheme: £7,750,000

Status: On site

The works in Reading have included:

  • Two raised tables have been constructed on Honey End Lane and Southcote Road
  • Four key junctions have benefitted from crossing improvements and entry treatments, including imprinting across junctions to improve visibility
  • Approximately 1,500 metres of footway converted to shared-use following reconstruction and widening of footways
  • Street furniture has been relocated or upgraded to reduce obstructions along the shared-use route and maximise the footway width, including the removal of 100 metres of guard rail
  • Installation of regulatory signing
  • Phase 2 Design work linking Bath Road to London Road via the town centre is now complete
  • Phase 3 route, between Watlington Street/London Road and Three Tuns, started in April 2019 and will continue over the summer/autumn
  • The project is close the completion

The works in Bracknell have included:

  • New 3m – 4m wide shared footway / cycleway alongside The Ring with a crossing to newly landscaped ‘Station Green’, using existing crossing outside Bracknell Rail Station, and linking to the existing network at Station roundabout
  • Delivery of 3 new signalised crossing points
  • New raised table crossing, adjacent to Station Green and Bracknell Bus Station
  • Introduction of new permanent cycle counters
  • Delivery of 350 new cycle parking spaces at the Lexicon shopping centre

The works in Wokingham have included:

  • Removal of pedestrian islands in the centre of the A329 which cause pinch points for cyclists
  • Two new mandatory on-carriageway lanes
  • Significant kerb realignment and introduction of a new Toucan crossing point
  • New traffic calming measures on Holt Lane (near Holt School)
  • Resurfacing some parts of the carriageway
  • The section between Wokingham Town Centre and Coppid Beech has been programmed to be completed by the spring 2019

The works in West Berkshire have included:

  • Phase 1: Work has been completed for the sections of the route between Newbury and Thatcham
  • Phase 2: Work delivered in Thatcham has consisted of on-carriageway cycle lanes and parking restrictions from Henwick Lane to Crown Mead, and alterations to Crown Mead crossing to make way for on-carriageway lanes
  • Phase 3: Designs currently being progressed for sections within Newbury and other lower cost improvements across the rest of the route.

Scheme benefits:

  • 5.1km of new cycleway
  • 1.1 km resurfaced road

Thames Valley Park & Ride

Thames Valley Park & Ride, situated off the A3290 in the east of the Reading urban area, will improve access to Reading town centre and major employment sites by providing congestion relief on the road network in east Reading.

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £2,900,000 (18/19: £2m, 19/20 £900k)

Total cost of scheme: £3,600,000

Status: Complete

Wokingham Distributor Roads

The Arborfield Distributor Road will provide relief to the existing A327 through the village of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross Gyratory to accommodate and reduce the traffic impacts of development at Arborfield Garrison and South of the M4 (Shinfield and Spencers Wood). There are four Distributor Roads in the overall programme, however only the Aborfield Cross Relief Road is being funded by LGF

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £24,000,000 (18/19: £874k; 19/20: £22.126m; 20/21: £1)

Total cost of scheme: £100,000,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 25,000 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 4,000 new houses

Winnersh Triangle Parkway

The purpose of this scheme is to redevelop the transport links at Winnersh Triangle and consider renaming the station to Winnersh Triangle Parkway. The redevelopment will include double decking the new park and ride site to add at least 250 car parking spaces, improvement of the station building including the surrounding area, reorganising the highways layout and exploring the value of reinstating the redundant Reading bound ‘on ramp’ of the A3290.

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council

Main contractor: TBC

LEP investment of LGF: £3,565,444 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £5,290,444

Status: Full approval

  • The Council has had an initial meeting with the new owners of Winnersh Triangle Business Park, Frazer Centrepoint. The initial meeting suggested that the business park would be willing to improve access and the visual appearance to the station approach as far as they could and on the land within their control
  • Reading Transport were equally enthusiastic about expanding the service offer at Winnersh Triangle to take advantage of new infrastructure and links to central Reading

Coppid Beech Park and Ride

This is a new park and ride site to serve both Wokingham and Bracknell Town Centres as well as a potential bus route for Twyford Station.

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council

Main contractor: TBC

LEP investment of LGF: £2,400,00 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £3,052,000

Status: Full Approval

  • Project received programme entry status in January 2019
  • Business Case and planning discussions well underway

Wokingham: Barkham Bridge

This scheme seeks to replace an existing narrow bridge with a two lane bridge on Barkham Road. The scheme will be delivered by the Scape contract which is being used to deliver the councils Major Highways projects.

Delivery Partner: Wokingham Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £4,235,641 (19/20: £2.1m; 20/21: £2.136m)

Total cost of scheme: £7,676,622

Status: On-site

  • To date the detailed design is nearing completion, land/legal agreements are progressing well
  • The project received financial approval at the BLTB meeting in November 2019
  • Works well underway

Bracknell

Warfield Link Road

The Warfield Link Road sits within a development site for 2,200 new dwellings, schools, a neighbourhood centre, open space, SANGs and other infrastructure and facilities, and will serve as access for many of the development parcels.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Housebuilder’s contractor

LEP investment of LGF: £3,500,000 (2015/16)

Total cost of scheme: £5,200,000

Status: Complete

  • The scheme is now complete with the road fully opened to the public on 26 October 2018
  • So far, the scheme has unlocked planning approval for nearly 1,000 homes and a new primary school

Scheme benefits:

  • Access to employment land
  • 1,900 new houses

Bracknell Town Centre

This project includes several necessary junction modifications and other works associated with the major redevelopment of Bracknell Town Centre, including 3kms of resurfaced road and 700m of new cycleway.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Ringways

LEP investment of LGF: £2,000,000 (2015/16)

Total cost of scheme: £6,382,000

Status: Complete

  • The scheme is complete and the Lexicon Centre opened for business on 7 September 2017

Scheme benefits:

  • 3,540 new jobs
  • 270,000 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 422 new houses

Bracknell A3095

This scheme will deliver significant improvements to one of the key highway corridors in Thames Valley Berkshire between the M4 (J8/9/10) and the M3 (J4), and between Maidenhead, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell, and Camberley/Blackwater Valley and beyond. This work will also assist in unlocking housing delivery to provide 1415 new houses and enhance urban connectivity.

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Ringways

LEP investment of LGF: £5,518,800 (18/19: £200k; 19/20: £1.8m; 20/21: 3.519m)

Total cost of scheme: £8,018,800

Status: On site

  • The project received financial approval at the BLTB meeting in July 2018 and enabling works are underway
  • Start of construction to commence winter 2019 to follow on from the completion of Downshire Way dualling works
  • Final stages of the detailed design underway

Scheme benefits:

  • 317 new houses

Coral Reef Junction

The Coral Reef Junction scheme has converted the former roundabout to a fully signalised crossroads that reduces delay and improves journey times along the route. These measures have reduced carbon emissions and improved access to existing employment areas and new developments, unlocking their economic potential.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Ringways

LEP investment of LGF: £2,100,000 (2015/16)

Total cost of scheme: £3,010,000

Status: Complete

  • The scheme is complete and working well

Scheme benefits:

  • Pinch point congestion relief

Martins Heron

The Martins Heron scheme is part of a wider programme to improve access between the M3 and M4 via the A322, A329 and A329(M). This route, from the Martins Heron roundabout, runs through the middle of Bracknell and includes associated junction improvements and minor alterations to the London Road corridor, to reduce congestion and journey times.

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Ringways

LEP investment of LGF: £2,900,000 (16/17: £200k; 17/18: £2.7m)

Total cost of scheme: £3,800,000

Status: Complete

  • Junction works complete and working well. Landscaping to be carried later this year

Scheme benefits:

  • Improved congestion and journey times

Bracknell: A322 A329 Corridor Improvements

This project contains capacity improvements to two key junctions along the A329/A322 corridor building on schemes delivered through the Local Growth, Pinch Point and National Productivity Investment Funds

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: Ringways

LEP investment of LGF: £400,000 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £517,658

Status: On-site

  • The project received financial approval at the BLTB meeting in November 2019

Bracknell Town Centre: The Deck

Bracknell’s ‘The Deck’ town centre scheme, which includes partial demolition/strip out and subsequent redevelopment of the former Bentall’s Department Store and former McDonald’s in the town centre.

Delivery Partner: Bracknell Forest Council

Main contractor: TBC

LEP investment of LGF: £955,882 (2020/21)

Status: Conditional approval

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM)

Maidenhead Town Centre 'Missing Links'

This scheme will improve connectivity between the planned major development areas in and around Maidenhead and the town centre, surrounding residential areas and local facilities. A new ‘inner-ring’ is proposed for pedestrians and cyclists, which will be tied into new/enhanced crossings over the A4, including a pedestrian/cycle bridge.

Delivery Partner: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Main contractor: Volker Highways

LEP investment of LGF: £2,241,788 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £2,802,235

Status: Financial Approval

  • RBWM has been shortlisted in its Housing Infrastructure Bid for enabling works for the Golf Course development site, with £9.8 million earmarked for major highways works and access improvements
  • Project has received full financial approval in September 2019
  • Design work is complete on the cycle route element
  • Work has commenced on the design of the river bridge

Scheme benefits:

  • 144 new jobs
  • 65,404 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 322 new houses

Maidenhead Station Access

The Maidenhead Railway Station scheme will improve connections for journeys made on foot, bicycle, train, taxi and car by increasing parking for rail commuters, shoppers, visitors and employees; improving the station forecourt and surrounding area creating a gateway to the town centre; and converting Broadway to a two-way operation.

Delivery Partner: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Main contractor: Volker Highways

LEP investment of LGF: £3,750,000 (18/19: £690k; 19/20: £1.67m; 20/21 1.39m)

Total cost of scheme: £4,500,000

Status:• On site

  • Network Rail has indicated that additional security measures will be required on the station forecourt since the station category will change
  • Works have been completed at the A308 / Broadway junction and the scheme went live on 1 July
  • Following representations from '3', Keys Place has been made two-way at the northern end to allow vehicles from their car park to exit onto Broadway

Scheme benefits:

  • 842 new jobs
  • 29,000 sq m commercial floorspace
  • 578 new houses

Windsor: Town Centre Package

This project consists of a package of measures to support the visitor economy in Windsor by: improving pedestrian priority and the streetscape around Windsor Castle to improve security and visitor facilities, and support expansion of outdoor seating for restaurants, cafes and pubs; improvements to visitor reception / coach / bus / taxi interchange facilities and better linkage of the coach park to the town centre, with improvements for disabled access; enabling the roll-out of a demand-responsive bus service to improve public transport access within the Royal Borough and to Heathrow Airport to encourage more staying visitors; and expansion of parking to better cater for the growing demand from day visitors

Delivery Partner: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Main contractor: TBC

LEP investment of LGF: £1,562,500 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £2,412,500

Status: Financial approval

  • A project inception meeting was held on 31 January with representatives from Windsor Castle, the Police, RBWM Visitor Management, Highways, Planning and Conservation. This captured all of the requirements of each of the relevant parties, as well as planned changes for the area that could impact upon the scheme
  • Works on a business case are underway

Maidenhead: Housing Sites Enabling Works Phase 1

This scheme has also received Business Rates Retention Pilot

This scheme consists of a package of traffic management measures to deliver additional capacity at key junctions around Maidenhead where modelling has indicated that severe peak hour congestion is likely to occur as a result of planned development and regeneration activity. The scheme will facilitate economic growth by unlocking major housing and commercial development. It will also improve journey times for passengers accessing the Great Western Main Line / Elizabeth Line. The works will be progressed in phases in order to minimise the impact on the local road network.

Delivery Partner: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Main contractor: Volker Highways

LEP investment of LGF: £4,213,000 (2020/21)

LEP investment of BRRP: £1,068,000 (2020/21)

Total cost of the scheme: £6,334,500

Status: On-site

  • RBWM has appointed CALA Homes as its joint venture partner for the Maidenhead Golf Club development, and is submitting a Housing Infrastructure Fund bid for on and off-site transport infrastructure improvements, which is complementary to the LGF bid
  • Business case approved subject to conditions at the extraordinary meeting of the Local Transport Body held on Business case approved subject to conditions at the extraordinary meeting of the Local Transport Body held on 31 January 2019. Currently working to discharge conditions attached to funding
  • Traffic and topographical surveys have been completed to inform the preliminary design process. Modelling bases have been established and are undergoing calibration
  • Design of the A308/Staferton Way junction scheme is underway as the first element of the project
  • Works on signalling design is ongoing

Slough

Burnham Station Access Improvements

The Burnham Railway Station scheme enhances access to the station from the west including Slough Trading Estate and neighbouring areas of South Buckinghamshire, in preparation for Crossrail services beginning in 2019. The scheme includes new station buildings and lifts, enhancements to the station entrances and parking. Highway improvements and traffic management measures have been carried out to achieve better access for pedestrians, cyclists, buses and general traffic.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Amey

LEP investment of LGF: £2,000,000 (16/17)

Total cost of scheme: £6,250,000

Status: Complete

  • Station forecourt work complete
  • Station forecourt handed over to Network Rail and MTR. Further work by NR to be confirmed

Scheme benefits:

  • 40,000 sq m commercial floorspace

Slough & South Bucks: A4 Cycleway

The A4 Cycleway provides a safe and convenient cycle route between Slough and South Buckinghamshire. It follows the A4 corridor and link with a scheme being promoted by Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP. The scheme connects the two urban areas of Slough and Maidenhead and provide access to: the Bishops Centre Retail Park; Slough Trading Estate; Burnham and Taplow railway stations; and adjacent residential areas. It caters for commuting and other utility cycling trips, as well as leisure trips, connecting to National Cycle Network Route 61 via the Jubilee River, and to Cliveden and Burnham Beeches.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractors: Amey

LEP investment of LGF: £483,000 (16/17)

Total cost of scheme: £950,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 2.4km of new cycleway

Slough Mass Rapid Transit - Phase 1

The A4 forms the spine of a 12km strategic public transport corridor linking Maidenhead, Slough and Heathrow. The western section of the Slough Mass Rapid Transit (SMaRT) project allows buses to operate along the service roads fronting Slough Trading Estate. Bus lanes and other priority measures will be provided in the central section between the Estate, Slough town centre and eastwards to junction 5 of the M4. Phase 2 will extend the route eastwards onto the airport; Phase 3 will extend the route westwards to an as yet identified Park and Ride site.

A one year evaluation report has been published here

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £5,600,000 (15/16: £3.1m; 16/17: £2.5m)

Total cost of scheme: £9,100,000

Status: Complete

  • Bus lane complete
  • Service for the public commenced in January 2019

Scheme benefits:

  • 1,450 new jobs
  • 108,700 sq m of commercial floorspace
  • 2,122 new houses

Slough A332 Improvements

This scheme will include a programme of junction improvements, road widening and other works along the A332 on the approach to Slough town centre with the aim of improving conditions for general traffic as well as buses, making journeys quicker and more reliable.

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £2,700,000 (15/16: £1.27m; 16/17: £1.43m)

Total cost of scheme: £5,000,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 1,150 new jobs
  • 79,150 of commercial floorspace
  • 2,495 new houses

Slough A355 Route Enhancement

This scheme, part of the ‘Heart of Slough’ project, will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion on the north-south A355 route linking the M4, Slough Trading Estate and the M40, and enhance access to Slough town centre. The scheme involves the remodelling of the Copthorne roundabout, signal and junction upgrades and selected road widening.

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

LEP investment of LGF: £4,400,000 (15/16: £2.275m; 16/17: £2.125m)

Total cost of scheme: £5,800,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 750 new jobs
  • 48,000 of commercial floorspace
  • 600 new houses

Langley Railway Station

This scheme will improve facilities at Langley and enhance access to the railway station from the surrounding area in preparation for Crossrail services beginning in 2019. Improvements include new station buildings, lifts and enhancements to the station entrances and parking. Improvements will also be made to pedestrian, cycling and bus facilities. Better information and signage will be provided along with measures to enhance the safety and security of the station.

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Slough DSO

LEP investment of LGF: £1,500,000 (17/18)

Total cost of scheme: £5,260,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • Improved station access and facilities
  • 160 new jobs

Slough: Stoke Road Area Regeneration

This project is set to support regeneration of six major brownfield sites at Stoke Road and improved interchange and parking at Slough station.

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Slough DSO

LEP investment of LGF: £7,650,000 (19/20: £1m; 20/21: £6.65m)

Total cost of scheme: £8,650,000

Status: On site

  • The project received financial approval at the BLTB meeting in July 2019
  • Trial holes / enabling works in progress for junction of Elliman Avenue / Shaggy Calf Lane
  • Detailed design programmes being established for the main construction work

Slough: Slough Langley High Street phase 1 & 2

This project is going to reducing traffic delay at the High Street / Meadfield Road Junction, in anticipation of increased traffic to be redirected through Langley as a result of the closure of Hollow Hill Lane, required by the construction of Western Rail Link to Heathrow.

Delivery Partner: Slough Borough Council

Main contractor: Slough DSO

LEP investment of LGF:

Phase 1: £1,324,000 (2020/21)

Phase 2: £1,033,000 (2020/21)

Total cost of scheme: £2,828,000

Status: On site

  • Project received full financial approval Phase 1 (June 2020) and Phase 2 (July 2020)

Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster

This scheme has also received Business Rates Retention Pilot

The project will deliver a smart city platform across Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and West Berkshire benefiting residents and employees, and encouraging economic development. A communications platform will provide a low powered wide area network (LPWAN), the platform for the Internet of Things, and open up huge opportunities for the low cost deployment of smart devices for business, developers and local authorities to use.

In addition to the LPWAN network, there will also be a data platform built around the existing open data service. The key will be using BSI Hypercat standards approach to ensure an open system that allows data to be shared between systems with sufficient security. This will enable the smart city cluster to grow organically with new systems added, but without ‘lock-in’ to an overall smart city platform supplier. A series of smart tech solutions will be built on this platform, including air quality monitoring using a wide dispersal of low cost monitors. The project will be delivered in 3 main stages, the 1st stage being the main capital investment for the smart city platform and air quality monitors, and the 2nd and 3rd stages being a two-phase capital investment in the IoT smart city sensors and supporting data systems.

To ensure innovation whilst also meeting procurement requirements, the funding will be offered in competitive calls requiring a level of match, mirroring the approach used by Innovate UK. This will deliver a range of projects within the Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and West Berkshire areas around transport, energy, environment and assisted living, with a package focused on small scale funding for start-ups. It is hoped that the allocation of LGF core capital funding will be a catalyst for both the public sector and large companies looking to engage in smart city opportunities.

Delivery Partner: Reading Borough Council with project management from Peter Brett Associates

LEP investment of LGF: £1,440,194 (17/18: £83k; 18/19: £255k; 19/20: £802k; 20/21: £300k)

LEP investment of BRRP: £577,080 (19/20: £293k; 20/21: £284k)

Total cost of scheme: £9,952,654

Status: On site

  • Associated bid to Adept has been awarded £4.7m of highway and transport innovation funding with a detailed project plan to be developed by spring 2019
  • Revised milestones have been agreed with Steering Group to learn from first challenge fund
  • Detailed LoRa mapping was undertaken over the summer and a design completed to maximise population coverage using the remaining LoRa Units

Scheme benefits:

Economic: Attracting funding for research, business investment and start-ups in delivering smart products

Social: The project has the potential to deliver an assisted living element, which will directly improve the lives of those with mobility challenges

Environmental: The project has the potential to deliver significant environmental benefits in that improved infrastructure network management services will smooth vehicle flow, improve fuel economy and reduce emissions and air quality risk

Solutions Labs:

A collaborative STEM project from Berkshire’s Further Education Colleges and Universities

The purpose of this project is to raise the quality and profile of STEM provision across Berkshire and ensure that STEM education responds to the needs of the innovative, forward thinking companies (large and small) located here. It will drive the development of a young workforce, which can seize the tech-based job opportunities that are emerging and support the growth ambitions of the area. To deliver this, we will work with STEM businesses to shape curricula so that they are aligned with their changing needs (particularly at technician levels).

The Solutions Labs will create resources that are currently unavailable within colleges; developing excellence in business research and development; innovation; testing and development of entrepreneurial skills; all to create individuals who will bring the products, skills and innovation required to stimulate the local economy.

To this end, our intention is to refurbish existing buildings within FE Colleges to create Solutions Labs. These Labs will provide the wherewithal for early stage prototyping. They will be used both as a state-of-the-art setting for teaching students (including Higher Level Apprentices) and as a resource available (on a commercial basis) to micro and small businesses in TVB. Practice elsewhere suggests that small companies struggle to afford proto-typing equipment of this type (3-D modelling, printing, simulation, etc.) individually, but at certain points in time, the use of it is critical in relation to their own future growth.

The Solutions Labs will differ from each other in terms of their technological focus: at Reading College, there will be an emphasis on engineering and science; at Newbury College, the Solutions Lab will be oriented exclusively to fusion, mechanical and electrical engineering. The IT Solutions Lab at Reading College will focus on networking, data security and software engineering; and the Solutions Lab Specialising in Sustainable Energy at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), will provide a modern setting for training in renewable energy engineering and associated skills.

In all cases, a strong and on-going dialogue with relevant businesses will guide the choice of equipment included in the Lab so that the facility’s relevance and currency is retained (and, overtime, recreated). Expertise will be drawn from Innovation Hubs, which have been developed through the Gazelle Colleges Network.

Reading College Engineering Solutions Lab

A new STEM ‘Solutions lab’ to promote engineering skills development and engagement with local employers. The project upgrades poor accommodation; providing a new Engineering and IT learning base equipped with flexible work layouts, furniture, equipment and the IT required to support a wide range of theoretical and practical teaching and learning needs required.

Delivery Partners: Reading College (Activate Learning)

Contractors: Total Projects Ltd

LEP investment of LGF: £50,000 (15/16)

Total cost of the scheme: £151,049

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • Total area of improved learning / training floorspace of 277m2
  • 130 new apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 380 new learners by 2024/25

Newbury College Solutions Lab

The Newbury College Solutions Lab will comprise of three zones. The first zone is the electronic zone consisting of electronics, robotic and electrical equipment to develop and design innovative industry approved engineering projects. The second zone is a research zone equipped with computers and printers including 3D printers that have up to date industry standard engineering design and drawing software. The third zone will support the production element for engineering.

Delivery Partner: Newbury College

Contractor: Steele David Ltd

LEP investment of LGF: £333,333 (15/16)

Total cost of scheme: £1,000,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • Total area of improved learning / training floorspace of 216m2
  • 480 new apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 1380 new learners by 2024/25

Reading College IT Solutions Lab

A new STEM ‘Solutions lab’ to promote IT skills development and engagement with local employers. The project upgrades poor accommodation; providing a new IT learning base equipped with flexible work layouts, furniture, equipment and the IT required to support a wide range of theoretical and practical teaching and learning needs required.

Delivery Partner: Reading College (Active Learning)

Contractor: Holy Brook Estates

LEP investment of LGF: £130,033 (17/18)

Total cost of scheme: £260,067

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • Total area of improved learning / training floorspace of 400m2
  • 68 new apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 375 new learners by 2024/25

Sustainable Energy Solutions Lab at BCA

The refurbishment of existing Engineering Workshop provides a modern setting for training in unique renewable energy engineering and associated skills. The existing building has been re-cladded; insulation and heating improved and internal services have been upgraded. The Centre will serve as a base for the development and teaching of technologies to equip a future workforce with the knowledge needed to address the adoption of sustainable practices.

Delivery Partner: Berkshire College of Agriculture

Contractor: LSM Building Contractors Ltd

LEP investment of LGF: £250,000 (17/18)

Total cost of scheme: £250,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • Total area of improved learning / training floorspace of 300m2
  • 32 new apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 94 new learners by 2024/25

HealthReach at University of Reading

The project will be delivered via a mobile unit which create a new community based learning experience to various groups of learners, including local primary and secondary school students to be immersed in interactive healthcare simulation scenarios. Activities, co-designed with education professionals will provide experiences that link to educational curricula and display a range of job roles and careers within healthcare and life sciences, particularly those which are currently not accessed by disadvantaged groups.

Delivery Partner: University of Reading

LEP investment of LGF by year: £114,000 (18/19)

Total cost of scheme: £114,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 7,500 students to be engaged in STEM awareness activities in first year
  • 465 work experience visits/taster sessions in first year

SATRO Mobile Classroom

Purchase of a long wheel based van, tools and materials to operate as a Mobile Classroom which is equipped with Virtual Reality headsets, 3D printers and tablets. Works in schools teaching BTEC Level 1 in Construction. The purpose of the programme is to equip young people from a full range of backgrounds with the skills, qualification and contacts in industry to enter employment.

Delivery Partner: SATRO

LEP investment of LGF by year: £37,272 (19/20)

Total cost of scheme: £39,772

Status: Complete

  • Conversations are underway with Heathrow regarding possible funding for schools and introductions to their main construction partners.
  • Programme has been shared with Thames Valley Berkshire LEP schools
  • Several programmes has been agreed for the new academic year in the Thames Valley area
  • The van for the project has been purchased
  • New set of students are currently in the process of gaining their vocational qualifications

Scheme benefits:

  • 200 new students by 2023/24

Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College

The project will create a Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College. This will include: a flexible training area (equipped to industry standard) similar to a hospital ward/social care setting with an observation area, and an immersive teaching space. The aim is to grow the number of people choosing a career in health care and to support the training of Royal Berks overseas nursing staff (e.g. OSCE preparation). The investment will also drive new teaching staff recruitment.

Delivery Partner: Activate Learning

LEP investment of LGF by year: £430,000 (19/20)

Total cost of scheme: £506,106

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 105 students by 2024/25
  • 11 apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 155 learners participating in work inspiration activity by 2023/24
  • 163 sqm improved learning space

Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge

The project will fit out empty office space in Reading town centre to offer a state of the art digital skills training space. Delivery will include accredited digital skills training from entry level to Level 4 that will include digital technologies, ICT systems support and IT user qualifications. In addition there will be a range of accredited and non-accredited skills masterclasses that will include: introduction to coding, software development and data science and visualisation. All learners will benefit from Matrix accredited Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), and additional employment support offered by a range of partners and agencies.

Delivery Partner: New Directions (Reading Borough Council)

LEP investment of LGF by year: £261,250 (19/20)

Total cost of scheme: £311,250

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 245 new students by 2024/25
  • 50 new apprenticeships by 2024/25
  • 90 learners participating in work inspiration activity by 2024/25

Langley College The Slough Community College for HE

The project entails the development of a dedicated Higher Education Centre at Langley College. The project is critical to the development of Higher Education in Slough and the sub region, building upon existing successful HE provision, promoting pathways to higher levels of learning. Project aims are: growth in student numbers in priority job areas, to better meet employer needs for workforce development in the priority job areas, to continue to improve the quality of provision to meet learner and employer needs

Delivery Partner: Windsor Forest Group

LEP investment of LGF by year: £622,500 (19/20)

Total cost of scheme: £801,000

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • 565 new students by 2024/25
  • 160 new students by 2024/25

Applied Science Unit at Reading College

Renovation of a dated 291 sqm laboratory to provide specialist facilities, i.e. wet / dry / clean areas, fume cupboards for cell culturing, etc. Creation of an exhibition area for school age children.

Delivery Partner: Activate Learning

LEP investment of LGF by year: £498,200 (20/21)

Total cost of scheme: £538,200

Status: On-site

BCA Health Sciences Centre

Renovation of a 400 sqm two storey block to support the growth and technological training needs of learners studying Health and Social Care and BCA's SEND learners.

Delivery Partner:Berkshire College of Agriculture

LEP investment of LGF by year: £850,000 (20/21)

Total cost of scheme: £850,000

Status: On-site

University Centre Newbury

Refurbish an existing area to create a segregated HE centre focusing on utilising advanced digital technologies. Phase 2 will create a new purpose-built University Centre, utilising the equipment from phase 1.

Delivery Partner: Newbury College

LEP investment of LGF by year: £245,000 (20/21)

Total cost of scheme: £800,000

Status: Complete

New Directions SMILE Hospitality

Renovated barista and catering facility in New Directions’ Whitley college. Providing employment support with work experience to unemployed adults, improving their chances of securing employment within the Hospitality sector.

Delivery Partner: New Directions College

LEP investment of LGF by year: £170,000 (20/21)

Total cost of scheme: £170,000

Status: Complete

WBTC Digital Connection

Upgrading digital infrastructure to deliver high quality digital learning opportunities for apprenticeships, better mentoring to students and real time learning. Remote training addresses employer challenges of off-the-job training time.

Delivery Partner: West Berkshire Training Consortium

LEP investment of LGF by year: £87,392 (20/21)

Total cost of scheme: £97,392

Status: On-site

River Thames Scheme

The overall Scheme provides a long term and comprehensive solution to reducing flood risk between Datchet and Teddington. As the largest area of developed floodplain in England without flood defences, this area has suffered from significant, regular flooding. For Flood Channel Section 1 (Datchet to Hythe End), a range of survey works have been conducted, which include site investigation works, topographical and bathymetry surveys, groundwater and gas monitoring, and ecological surveys.

Delivery Partner: Environment Agency Main contractors: Fugro, Opus and White Young Green (WYG)

LEP investment of LGF: £500,000 (15/16)

Total cost of scheme: £581,537.16

Status: Complete

Scheme benefits:

  • The survey information will help to inform the preferred option and ultimately the Outline Business Case, due to be submitted in Spring 2019
  • The overall scheme will reduce flood risk to 10,000m2 of commercial floor space and open up 145 hectares of potentially developable land, boosting local productivity

(C) Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Ltd November 2020