Exciting progress has been made in crucial Camberley Town Centre projects over recent months.
· The Mall, Camberley
Following the Council’s purchase of The Mall last year, work is now underway to begin updating and transforming the shopping centre.
Haskoll have been appointed as architects to oversee an exciting refurbishment scheme, and designs are being finalised for the interior.
The work will be phased, with the first phase starting in mid-summer in Grace Reynolds Walk, followed by The Square, then other parts of the centre.
In the meantime repainting of the roof has already begun as part of the work to brighten up the shopping centre.
Changes are also underway to the branding, with a temporary website already available (www.camberleyshopping.co.uk), and further work is underway to improve the marketing of the shopping centre both to customers and potential retailers when it is relaunched later in the year.
· Ashwood House, Pembroke Broadway
As previously announced, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer of the site. The upper floors of the building will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation, comprising around 100 flats, subject to planning permission.
A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with the aim of starting on site at the end of the year.
· Public spaces in Princess Way and the High Street
Plans for improvements to the ‘public realm’ and amenity areas have progressed with surveys of services and ground levels in the High Street completed. Design work is underway, with public consultation to begin shortly on ideas for changing these areas of the town.
· London Road Block
Consultants have been appointed to undertake feasibility work for the new development and submit an outline planning application by the end of 2017.
· Pembroke House, Frimley Road
As with Ashwood House, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer for this scheme, which has the potential to offer around 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission. It will provide affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses.
A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with work on site aiming to commence at the end of the year.
In another significant development, SHBC have appointed Paul Ramshaw in a new role, Head of Investment & Development.
Paul’s previous roles include Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy at Eastleigh Borough Council. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, he will head up a new team, including an applications planner, procurement officer, accountant and lawyer, to deliver the Council’s property acquisition and development plans.
Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey Heath at an exciting time in terms of property acquisition and development, and look forward to helping drive forward the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre as one of our key priorities.”
SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “As can be seen, our work continues to make Camberley an even better place to live, work and enjoy. We look forward to making announcements about further significant plans and developments in the near future.”