On Wednesday (8 January 2020) the Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Councillor Robin Perry and Kathy Slack OBE, CEO of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) officially broke ground at Camberley’s anticipated High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement works, which are set to transform this part of the town centre.

Present at the event were representatives from Surrey County Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Enterprise M3 LEP, The Project Centre, Construction and Civil Engineering Company, Dyer and Butler who are carrying out the works and Camberley’s businesses.

Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said;

“Today marks the start on an eagerly anticipated project that will bring significant improvements to Camberley town centre – not only improving the High Street’s road and pavement surfaces but also providing new lighting, plants and street furniture in Princess Way and Knoll Walk. The project also includes unique public art especially commissioned for Camberley.

“Our thanks to Enterprise M3 LEP who have enabled this project to happen with their grant and for their continued support of the regeneration of Camberley town centre. Many thanks to Kathy Slack OBE for attending our event today.”

Kathy Slack OBE, CEO, Enterprise M3 LEP said:

“Enterprise M3 is delighted to be supporting this valuable project. Our investment of £3.5 million in these improvements will help create a vibrant town centre which will attract further investment by companies into the area and create a dynamic community in Camberley.

“Our investment underpins our plans for economic growth which will provide a better quality of life around the Blackwater Valley.”

Tim Pashen, Deputy Chief Executive (Interim), Surrey Heath Borough Council said;

“Surrey Heath Borough Council is working with a number of partners on difference projects to make huge improvements to Camberley. The improved High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk will further help us to reach our ambition for the regeneration of the town centre.”

“This project has taken a few years to reach this point and has been complex involving many people and specialist companies. Many thanks to everyone who has been involved.”

Steve Wilson, Dyer and Butler’s Divisional Director said:

“We are delighted to be working with Surrey Heath Borough Council to provide these improvement works. This is an exciting development which will provide fantastic improvements for this area.”

The entire project is set to be completed by early 2021. The work will be undertaken in five phases and the High Street and Princess Way will be fully accessible to pedestrians throughout the works.”

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  SHBC’s investments have already seen the acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership.  Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene.  A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new commercial space.

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as development partner for the London Road site.  Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development and improve the gateway to Camberley.

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021.

The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.  In Camberley we are committed to reshaping and enhancing the town centre to support our community and local businesses while high street retail faces challenges nationally.    www.camberleybeinspired.com