A “TIRED and outdated” building that gives a “poor first impression” of Maidenhead could be given a major makeover if plans are approved.

The applicants, Legal and General, want to refurbish Star House in Grenfell Road, formerly home to Three UK, into an “attractive and sustainable” office complex.

The mobile network giant, who was in Star House for 17 years, moved out of the building this March, after their lease ended to look for a “combined office space” in the Thames Valley Area.

The four-storey building, which is near Maidenhead railway station, could see a new entrance lobby as a two-storey extension to the southside is proposed.

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A new café is also proposed facing King Street and the installation of three rooftop pavilions and terraces.

On the roof, the applicant wants to add 5,000sq ft rooftop of solar panels as well as heat pump technology in order to reduce its carbon emissions by 39 per cent.

Proposals also include improvements to the public realm on the southern side of the building, including an outdoor seating area and landscaping.

Star House already has 199 car parking spaces, but the applicant is looking to change the layout by reducing these spaces to 176 spaces – with 18 of those having electric charging points and a further nine being disabled bays.

Another angle of the revamped Star House

Another angle of the revamped Star House

Over 150 secure cycle parking spaces are also included.

If approved, this scheme will reportedly generate 52 jobs, generate £10.3 million annually into the economy, and contribute £1.3 million in business rates each year.

Simon Wilkes, head of development for Legal & General Real Assets said: “Star House was built in the early 2000s and is now tired, out-dated and gives a poor first impression of Maidenhead.

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Inside the refurbished building

Inside the refurbished building

“It commands a unique and increasingly important location in the town centre and should be fulfilling its sustainability and social value potential, particularly with Crossrail’s imminent arrival.

“Our proposals to modernise the building through a comprehensive, sustainable refurbishment 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.”