High-rise future outlined in Victoria Square plans
Victoria Square in Woking is set to be transformed with a range of amenities including a hotel, spa, additional parking and the introduction of a cycle lane, if planning permission is granted.
The latest plans include new shops and medical or commercial floor space covering a total of 10,947sq-m, in addition to a 190-bed hotel of 21 storeys with conference facilities, a basement level spa and a gym.
If Woking Borough Council approves the application, Victoria Square will play host to 392 residential apartments with tower one including 34 storeys and tower two at 28.
The proposals also detail the construction of a new local energy centre at the Red Car Park – a multi-storey car park located in the town centre – changes and extension to the Red and Yellow Car Park, together with a new Green Car Park to provide 380 spaces.
Included within the application, there is also a request to create a new public square and civic space in addition to highway works including servicing to Wolsey Place and delivery provisions being made.
The rejuvenation of Victoria Square is also set to comprise the old Woking Market area and will mean the demolition of the fire station, Globe House and part of the Wolsey Place Shopping Centre.
This will see the closure of Cawsey Way and Church Street West with a new junction at Goldsworth Road/Victoria Way, and the High Street to be one-way west with new bus stops and a cycle lane.
The long-term future of Woking was unveiled in the shape of a £150m development in September last year.
Since then, the market has already been relocated to Peacock Walk and is due to open in October.