A key project in Development Securities' £450m Slough regeneration has received planning permission.
The new library and cultural centre which will be the heart of the development has been granted planning permission by the local authority, subject to conditions.
The 50,000 sq ft site will include a library, a 180-seat performance space, teaching facilities and meeting rooms which can be used by council and community members.
Construction work on the new library is due to start early next year, and will be ready for use from 2012.
The design joins onto the new bus station where construction is already underway. An internal pedestrian link between the bus station and Mackenzie Square will also be built.
The new building will be built in line with the council's sustainability objectives and construction will incorporate solar panels in the roof in addition to high efficiency gas boilers.
The £450m Heart of Slough plan will see the 12-hectare site in the town centre redeveloped to provide a mixture of new homes, offices, hotels and retail space. The regeneration was originally approved last year, but a dispute with a local church over land resulted in plans for the library and cultural centre to be redesigned.