Slough Ice Arena


Client: Slough Borough Council

Location: Slough, Berkshire

Construction Value: £10m

OOBE in close collaboration with GT3 architects, developed a sophisticated landscape proposal for the refurbishment of Slough Ice Arena  in Berkshire.

The landscape vision was to reconnect the ice arena with the community through a simple yet imaginative and robust public realm design. It needed to fit seamlessly into the wider landscape and required sensitivity as a site boundary included Montem Mound, a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The overarching landscape concept was influenced by the building’s primary function as an Ice Arena and the home of Slough Jets. The design relates to ice, hockey and health with light-coloured paving representing ice and the elegant curved edges echoes hockey sticks to draw visitors into the building. The sporting reference continues with high-quality puck-like seating.

The design contributes to sustainability with a simple low maintenance planting palette of native trees, ornamental grasses and grassland. This builds on the existing wooded area to the west and celebrates the heritage mound to the east.

A sophisticated landscape design reconnecting the community with a stunning ice arena

Visitors are welcomed to the impressive Ice Arena by an expansive well-lit plaza which allows the building to stand out. This is now a distinctive public place where people meet, sit down and relax.

The enhanced habitat encourages biodiversity, creates a lasting impression and maintains a link to the natural world for the building’s users. Clearly defined and safe routes for pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles have been created. The robustness of material choice will ensure that this public realm project will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.

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