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AkzoNobel site in Slough begins work on new Research and Development Laboratory

13:05 16 March in Berkshire, Europe, Life Sciences & Healthcare, News, Talent and Innovation

Construction has begun on the state-of-the-art research and development facility and laboratory facility. The development includes the major refurbishment of an entire wing of the three-story AkzoNobel Building on Wexham Road in Slough and construction of two new research and development buildings – a warehouse and a central utilities building.

AkzoNobel’s, a leading paints and coatings business – and home of Dulux, news that it is developing its Slough head office to create a new research and development facility demonstrated its intent to continue pioneering innovation in the UK.

The new facility follows the opening of AkzoNobel’s €13 million Innovation Campus in Felling in the North East in 2019. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-October and it is it will be fully functioning in early 2022.

Fiona McLachlan, Technical Director Colour, AkzoNobel, said:

“The development opens up a world of possibilities – bringing together our UKI Decorative Paints business and our Slough-based research and development community – to focus on the delivery of pioneering products and innovations and help us set the standard in colour and protection.”


Paul Britton, CEO of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, commented:

“This investment by AkzoNobel reflects the commitment of the world’s biggest brands to Slough but also the commitment of a long standing business in the town to creating a leading working environment. The scale of the investment across the UK also reflects the fact that at a time of focus on recovery we should be confident about the pace of a return to growth.”


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