Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “We are delighted to announce today, 3 April 2019, that Kier Property, the development arm of Kier Group, have been selected by the Council as the preferred developer to work on a mixed- use scheme in the Camberley London Road Development site.
The proposed scheme will completely transform a run-down area of the town centre and create a thriving new town square surrounded by a large mixed-use development, including retail, residential, parking and new outside space.
This announcement marks the end of the procurement process and work will now begin on surveying the site and submitting the planning application.”
Kier Property proposed a scheme that best met the Council’s vision and objectives creating the most comprehensive masterplan. It also proposed the largest mix of uses including leisure provision.
Andrew Storey, managing director for Kier Property Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Surrey Heath Borough Council to develop this important site in Camberley. We believe our proposals will provide vibrance to the town given the mixed-use nature of them and we look forward to working alongside Karen Whelan and her team over the next few years to deliver our vision utilising all the skills of Kier Group.”
Redeveloping the London Road Site to provide an attractive gateway to Camberley as well as enhancing the town centre offer has been a key priority for Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) for a number of years. The 5.5-acre site offers the opportunity for a mixed-use redevelopment and a complete transformation of this part of the town, creating a new community for people to live, work and enjoy leisure activities.
The council’s vision for the development of the London Road site is comprehensive and the site must;
- Make a significant positive contribution to Camberley town centre in both economic and place-making terms
- Supports SHBC’s aim of promoting Camberley as a destination of choice to live, work and shop and provides a positive legacy in its own right
- Provides a positive arrival experience for the town centre when viewed from the London Road; and
- Allows for a mix of uses which reflects the corresponding economic demand in a way that enhances and reinforces the town centre offer, while ensuring that the development is commercially viable.
Four developers were shortlisted, Countryside, Kier Property, Hub Group and Berkeley Group and all submitted comprehensive and excellent final tenders. All of these four parties have demonstrated a track record in delivering complex regeneration projects. Their responses and proposals were stringently reviewed and evaluated against the Council’s objectives and vision for the site with clarification questions posed to each bidder.
We look forward to sharing the plans for the site once they become available.
Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre. 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 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