Berkshire

School chosen for Slough Town Hall site

Slough Town Hall in the snow
Image caption The original building was built in 1937, a year before Slough became a town

A primary school has been selected to take over a former town hall in Berkshire.

Slough Town Hall will be refurbished to create 420 school places by September 2012.

The borough council announced that Claycots Primary School had been chosen to take over the site after bids were invited from schools in the town.

The school will continue to operate in Monksfield Way as well as the Town Hall site in Bath Road.

Councillors voted in November in favour of a £1.5m refurbishment of the former council headquarters to create primary places for up to seven years.

The council said the plan was a medium-term solution to a shortage of school places.

Slough Town Hall was built in 1937, a year before Slough officially became a town.

Parts of it built in the 1970s have become dilapidated and are due to be demolished.

In February 2010, campaigners failed to get it registered as a Grade II-listed building because was not deemed to be of "sufficient architectural or historic interest".

A petition of 1,200 signatures was handed to Downing Street by the Campaign to Save Slough's Heritage.

It called for the building to be listed and to be put into community use for future generations to enjoy.

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