Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) has appointed Project Centre to design and deliver the Camberley High Street and surrounding public spaces improvements.
Project Centre is a leading streetscape design, engineering and landscape architecture consultancy.
Kevin Donnelly, Technical Director at Project Centre said; “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to design and deliver the Camberley High Street improvements for Surrey Heath Borough Council.
The scheme will focus on making the High Street and surrounding areas better for pedestrians and encourage more people to shop locally in the area. High quality urban design and place making will transform the public space; improving access and movement for pedestrians and reducing the dominance of cars on the High Street. Public art will also be integrated into the High Street transformation."
The three areas for improvement proposed are:
High Street - Improvements include increasing the amount of space available to pedestrians, creating an important hub that can be used for a variety of public events and uses and decluttering the high street
Princess Way – improvements will include better lighting and street furniture
Knoll Walk – to look at how space can be used feasibly for activities such as for market stalls, improvements to street furniture and improved green and soft landscaping
Project Centre will see the project through from preliminary design through to construction with the contract starting in June.
Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader, SHBC said:
"This key milestone of the appointment of the designer for the High Street ensures this project is running to schedule. The works will start spring 2019 and we aim to complete by the end of 2020. The resulting changes will retain the unique architecture of the existing High Street but with an improved pedestrian experience. We are committed to supporting the unique and independent businesses on the High Street and attracting new businesses to Camberley."
Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said:
“Project Centre will be undertaking a very important regeneration project in a landmark area in Camberley. The resulting redeveloped and improved High Street will be a wonderful asset to Camberley and will completely transform this part of the town."
SHBC secured £3.5 million in funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 2017 to enable this improvement project for the High Street. SHBC has added funds of £900k bringing the total budget to £4.4 million. Read more here.
Kevin Travers, Head of Transport of the Enterprise M3 LEP said:
“We are delighted to be supporting this project, which underpins our plans for economic growth and better quality of life in the Blackwater Valley. These improvements to Camberley Town Centre will help meet the wider challenges and objectives identified in our Strategic Economic Plan by promoting town centre renewal to secure inward investment and create vibrant communities.”
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To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which includes the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, acquisition of Ashwood House a former office building which is currently being redeveloped into 116 high quality residential apartments. Substantial projects to improve the town centre car parks, Princess Way, Knoll Walk and the High Street are in the pipeline which will be followed by the regeneration of the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street and opposite the historic Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Find out more at www.surreyheath.gov.uk.