Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) recently entered Camberley town centre into the Revo Gold Re:generate Award 2018, which recognises Local Authorities redefining place-making excellence. SHBC was shortlisted for the award after a stringent judging process which included a visit to SHBC and Camberley town centre by Revo’s judging panel of industry experts.
The award was announced this week and our congratulations go to Hull City Council for their brilliant regeneration project ‘Destination Hull’.
Although we didn’t win this year Revo’s Jury were hugely impressed with the scale and ambition evident for the regeneration of Camberley. They said;
‘The variety and boldness of the schemes, from the shopping centre refurbishment plans, to the redevelopment of the London Road site to open up the covered shopping street bringing residential uses into the heart of the scheme. Repurposing of existing buildings also featured which was encouraging. It was clear that the team were passionate about their town centre and their initiatives and that clear skills existed in the group which were being employed elsewhere in the county for other authorities. The jury thought that this was quite remarkable.”
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said;
“Many congratulations to the team at Hull City Council.
We are extremely proud that Camberley was shortlisted for this national award and the great feedback our schemes have received from Revo. The council is firmly committed to Camberley and driving forward positive change and developments that support the town and its economic prosperity.”
Karen Whelan, CEO, Surrey Heath Borough Council said;
“Many congratulations to Hull City Council. Although Camberley did not win this award this year, we are so pleased that the regeneration schemes were recognised by the Jury for their variety and boldness. We have a committed team at SHBC working very hard to deliver a vibrant exciting town centre which provides homes, shops, social activities and economic opportunities for the borough. Watch this space as there is still lots more to come for Camberley.”
Camberley Be Inspired
Surrey Heath Borough Council was recognised by Revo for the regeneration projects in Camberley town centre.
These began with The Atrium, a large mixed-use scheme built on a seven-acre site which completely transformed the Park Street side of Camberley. The Atrium completed in 2008 and brought homes, a cinema, shops and restaurants to this part of Camberley. Park Street was also greatly improved with pedestrianisation, and the creation of seating and spill out areas for the restaurants occupying this area.
SHBC’s current projects include the purchase and subsequent £8million refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, ensuring the centre remains an attractive place for shoppers to visit and for retail businesses to thrive.
The conversion of Ashwood House, a former office building purchased by SHBC to enable its redevelopment, is also well underway which will bring 116 new apartments to Camberley and a new retail space.
Substantial projects to improve the town centre car parks, Princess Way and the High Street have also begun.
SHBC is also in the final stages of securing a developer partner for the 5.5 acre site next to the A30 between Park Street and the High Street for a significant mixed use scheme of retail, residential, leisure and public realm.