The first phase of The Square’s extensive refurbishment works completed this week (w/c 28 January 2019) with the installation of a stunning glass sculpture in Main Square in the centre of the building.
Additional public art reflecting Camberley’s surrounding heathland is featured on light boxes throughout the centre.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “The Council has invested in the town centre to create a vibrant place for our residents and support a positive future for Camberley. The completion of this phase of The Square’s refurbishment programme marks another key milestone for the town centre’s regeneration. We are very pleased with how the centre looks today and the improvements made for both The Square’s retailers and shoppers.”
Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, Surrey Heath Borough Council said, “We embarked on the refurbishment of The Square very soon after the council purchased the centre in 2016. The building had very little investment for several years and was in need of a refresh. We wanted a modern, bright contemporary design, which we feel we have achieved. The centre looks superb today and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on this project and the retailers and management team at The Square for their continued support.”
The Square is a 480,000 sq ft covered shopping centre and is home to more than 150 national and independent retailers. Brands include Smiggle, O2, TopShop, Jack Wills, River Island and Monsoon, anchored by House of Fraser, Boots and Primark, all benefitting from an average weekly footfall of more than 170,000.
Surrey Heath Borough Council purchased the shopping centre as part of its key priority of regenerating Camberley town centre. Within the first year of ownership SHBC commissioned an extensive refurbishment of the 30-year-old building. Haskoll architects were commissioned to design the new scheme which included new flooring, lighting, fascias and public art. In addition, the centre was rebranded The Square by SHBC in September 2017.
David Leech, Director, Haskoll said; “The Haskoll team are proud to have helped Surrey Heath Borough Council bring about the transformation of The Square, Camberley. We have very much enjoyed working on the first phase of this project. The design simplifies the interior of the centre, transforming it into a modern environment for all to enjoy. The colours, textures and artwork to the light boxes take their reference from the Surrey heathland and re-connect the centre to Camberley.”
A second phase of works is planned which will include Cambridge Square outside House of Fraser and opening up Obelisk Way by Boots as part of the London Road site development. More details about this work will be shared once the designs have been finalised.
Main Square car park has also had significant improvements made to it by SHBC; including new surfacing on the levels and ramp, widening of the bays and LED lighting, making the arrival to Camberley by car an easier and more enjoyable process.
Camberley Be Inspired
Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre. SHBC’s investments have already seen the unique 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 business space.
SHBC is also currently in the process of developing 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.
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