24/01/2014 02:03 PM
The proposals are focused around the western part of the town with the creation of a new fire station and an overhaul of Victoria Square. The latter has been described as a "comprehensive, retail led mixed use development". Bandstand Square Developments Limited (BSDL), a joint venture between Moyallen, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council, has been selected to deliver the work.
Moyallen, which owns Peacocks Shopping Centre, has already noted its excitement at the project and will be involved in transforming the heart of Woking. Plans for the Victoria Square site will contain the former Woking Market, the site of the former office, Globe House and the existing Woking Fire Station. There will be a host of retail units available spread over the 125,000 sq ft of floorspace with Boots and Marks & Spencer already signed up to take on the space.
The new fire station will be situated on land at Goldsworth Road which is currently the CTD Tile Showroom. It will be much bigger than the current facility and incorporate 20 residential units which will be built on top and delivered prior to the decommissioning of the existing facility.
Peter Robinson, from Moyallen, said: "We have engaged with the public and other stakeholders and resolved the detailed design taking into account the comments received. We look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders as the scheme progresses."
Councillor John Kingsbury, leader of Woking Borough Council, explained that the work is set to provide a huge boost for the town. Not only will it attract people from around the region to visit but will also create a plethora of jobs. Councillor Kingsbury said that up to 730 positions are expected to be generated once the work is underway.
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