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Regeneration

Woking Market

The new state-of-the-art covered market located directly between the two shopping centres opened as Market Walk in autumn 2014.

Including 15 purpose-built kiosks and seven units, the new market offers a seven-day home to independent entrepreneurial retailers and caterer in the heart of the thriving town centre. With a strong bias towards fresh, high-quality produce, the new stallsaccommodate butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers and a delicatessen.

Commercial Way

Following its redevelopment in November last year, Commercial Way has welcomed a number of new restaurants, and produce and retail shops to the area. With new, high-quality granite paving, street furniture and lighting, as well as Sweet Gum and Elm trees, Commercial Way has been transformed into an attractive tree-lined, clutter-free, pedestrian boulevard.

The Living Planet Centre

The Living Planet Centre is the home of WWF-UK. The building features an eye-catching arched timber roof and a range of innovative sustainable building technologies. It also allows people to visit the charity - the general public, schools, businesses or other groups - to learn and understand more about WWF and the organisation's work all over the planet.

New access road for Sheerwater

The new 80-metre link road, connecting Monument Road and Albert Drive, has dramatically improved accessibility to Sheerwater and helped to unlock its economic and social vitality. The new road removes the need to navigate the congestion-prone one-way system running through the narrow and crowded residential streets of Eve Road and Arnold Road, while significantly improving vehicular access to the largest concentration of business parks in the Borough.

In addition to improving access to Sheerwater, the scheme includes enhancement works to the junction of Devonshire Avenue and Albert Drive, and the creation of a new vehicular access into Bishop David Brown School.

Bill's

Following the refurbishment of Commercial Way late last year, Bill's - a popular contemporary eatery - has opened a restaurant and produce shop, trading from two floors, with al fresco seating and a terrace.

Carluccio's

Carluccio's is the latest restaurant to join Woking's rapidly growing retail and leisure offer. Carluccio's has161 covers, plus a food shop and deli on the newly pedestrianised Commercial Way.

Tante Marie

Tante Marie Culinary Academy recently moved to exciting new town centre premises in Commercial Way, Woking. Taking two floors in the refurbished Alexander House, Tante Marie combines its renowned cookery school with a training theatre, student kitchens and lecture rooms on the first floor. The restaurant will have open-air seating on the ground floor.

Victoria Square

Woking is thrilled with the prospect of the development of Victoria Square in the western part of the town centre.

The proposals for Victoria Square will deliver:

  • a major new Marks and Spencer store including a food hall and café

  • other new shopping, including a new Boots store and seven further retail units

  • a 190 bedroom 4 star hotel, with spa, gym, conference facilities and restaurants

  • a new feature restaurant overlooking Victoria Square

  • space for a medical centre

  • 392 Residential Apartments

  • additional car parking (380 spaces)

  • 2 new civic spaces - Victoria Square and a new covered square

  • a local energy center

  • new highway arrangements.

There has been a long-identified need for another high quality hotel which will provide town centre conference facilities, a spa, gym and restaurants. It is hoped that Victoria Square will meet these demands with a plan developed to combine retail, hotel and leisure use with residential apartments and to expand the town centre parking provision. The opportunity to enhance civic spaces and revise the highway network is a key element of this proposal.

The first phase of construction began in 2014, with Marks and Spencer scheduled to be open for business in 2018.

Woking Shopping

Woking Borough Council and Moyallen have developed a master plan comprising a series of town centre initiatives designed to sustainably rejuvenate the core of Woking. It has already delivered a step change in the retail environment in the town centre, through two successful developments within the past three years. Woking Town Centre Management is committed to the future of the town, and plans for the transformation of the town centre extend well beyond what has been delivered to date.

Moving towards 2020, other plans involve the creation of new public realm and the introduction of many new desired retailers. This will enable Woking to compete on equal terms with the larger centres in the South East, and meet the needs of the town's growing residential and business population.

Evolution Housing Development

Woking Council is pleased to be working with Evolution on a proposal for the development of the Moor Lane housing site. The plan is to create a residential area that is home to a diverse population, celebrating its connection to the local community, environment and history, while creating a showcase for environmental sustainability that local residents and the council can be a part of .

Its main aims are to:

• provide much-needed new affordable housing

• create a renowned example for best practices in the planning and design of a vibrant sustainable community

• bring the essence of the countryside into the heart of a new neighbourhood for Woking

• foster healthy lifestyles, outdoor living and create an environment for individuals and families to flourish

• provide the services and support needed to create a successful neighbourhood.

The concept of the development is to create a focus at the heart of the plan with 'green' streets that echo the countryside and surrounding natural landscape. There would be a simple route through the site linking the two vehicular site entrances with the central square.

The development offers a chance for local businesses, charities and the community to get involved and help with the progression of the development. The construction of the 317 houses, numerous parks and path and walkways will help supply local workers and companies with jobs and income.