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To: The leader of Slough Council, English Heritage

Preserve Slough's Horlicks Building from demolition

Preserve Slough's Horlicks Building from demolition

Apply a nationally recognised listing status to the building, or otherwise give assurances that any future development of the site will not result in the demolition of this iconic locally significant building.

Why is this important?

GSK have recently announced that they are closing their factory in Slough:
http://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/15421539.Up_to_320_jobs_to_go_as_GSK_shuts_Slough_Horlicks_factory/

This building is well known locally as the Horlicks Building and can be seen by anyone in a train passing along the Great Western Mainline from the west of England into Paddington. Built in 1908, architecturally its most notable features are the large HORLICKS signage that sits above the roof, the castle like tower with it's art-deco clock and particularly from a distance the large circular chimney.

There are concerns by many local residents that the site will be bought up by developers and demolished to be replaced by offices or apartments, rather than retained in its current form.

As a remnant of Slough's early industrial history, it tells an important part of the town's history and is known as a local landmark to everyone living in the town. To lose it would be a great loss to the town.

Read more about the building on this local blog here:
https://friendly-bombs.tumblr.com/tagged/Horlicks

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Reasons for signing

  • It's probably the only decent monument we have left to the Town's industrial past . It's beautiful unlike these Morgan sindle carbuncles popping up everywhere that will look very dated in 10 years time .
  • Historic England's decision not to list the building is shocking to me, they seem to have completely disregarded the communal values that a building like this holds within a community. It clearly has a strong connection to the people who worked there and lived in the area and even nationally Horlick's is a recognisable historic brand. I've never even been to Slough but the thought of losing this building saddens me deeply.
  • Horlicks was the first major industrial building in Slough, its an icon for the gateway to town. We have lost far too many historic buildings, that showed the towns past and character, without history who are we...Milton Keynes? Slough needs to fight to both keep and showcase its history and offer its residence something to be proud of. If listing the building fails, perhaps we can seek to list the facade, as did Huntley & Palmer in Reading.

Updates

2018-08-17 14:24:20 +0100

It's sad to see that plans are already well under way to sell off much of the unique Mouseman furniture from the offices of the Horlicks Building.
Perhaps someone will purchase these lots to keep the collection together somewhere locally?
The auction will take place on Tuesday 9th October.
https://www.sworder.co.uk/News/The-Mouse-That-Roared-at-Horlicks/?i=157

2018-05-17 21:21:48 +0100

There's some great coverage of this campaign in tomorrow's Slough Express:
https://www.sloughexpress.co.uk/gallery/slough/131421/calls-for-horlicks-building-to-be-listed-rejected.html

2018-05-16 11:28:43 +0100

Sad news - the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has decided not to list the Horlicks building. They are however going to give a listed status to the War Memorial on the site.
"As you may know, we have been considering adding the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
We have taken into account all the representations made and completed our assessment of the building. Having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided not to add Horlicks Factory to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest."

Read more on the campaign Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/horlicksbuilding/photos/a.678299519031864.1073741828.677401522454997/805991469596001/

2018-04-05 09:13:58 +0100

Great news...
Historic England (formerly English Heritage) have visited the Horlicks Building site and produced a draft consultation report.
Once this is complete, it will be passed to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where the Secretary of State will make a decision as to whether or not the building merits listing.
This is a big step forward and shows that the historic importance of the site is being seriously considered now.
I'll be posting more updates on our facebook page in due course.

2017-08-14 08:20:59 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-26 00:34:42 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-24 17:00:39 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-24 15:40:39 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-24 14:52:57 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-24 14:30:53 +0100

10 signatures reached