Woking welcomes a `lighter, brighter and more spacious' quarter to the town

11 December 2013

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Public realm enhancement works to the eastern end of Commercial Way (from Alexander House to Chapel Street) have been completed on time.

This exciting multi-million pound scheme extends the enhancements already completed in Jubilee Square, Gloucester Walk and Mercia Walk, and the result is an attractive, tree-lined and clutter-free pedestrian boulevard for all to enjoy.

Following a consultation undertaken in March 2012, where the views of people who live, shop and work in Woking were sought to shape the proposals in Commercial Way, the proposed improvements were agreed and the first phase of the works has now been delivered. These include:

  • new high quality granite paving, street furniture, lighting, cycle hoops and wayfinders (to follow soon)

  • new species of Sweetgum and Elm trees planted

  • façade and canopy enhancements to Wolsey Place Shopping Centre

  • upgrades to the CCTV system

  • the creation of a new square at the eastern end of Commercial Way adjacent to Mercia Walk and Church Path

  • space for occasional specialist markets and events.

The Commercial Way project forms part of the wider town centre improvements, including the proposed Victoria Square development, which aims to: improve the overall image of Woking Town Centre; improve the quality of the town centre shopping area; encourage more people to visit, shop and spend their money in Woking and, ultimately, boosting the local economy.

Talking about the refurbishment works, Cllr Gary Elson, Portfolio Holder for Promoting the Local Economy, said: "Commercial Way is an important strategic gateway to Woking Town Centre connecting the expanding business districts to the south and west of the town, and intersecting the main north to south pedestrian route from Woking Railway Station to the shopping areas and canal. In its previous state, Commercial Way was run down and presented a poor impression of the town.

"Today, and in time for the Christmas shopping period, it looks lighter, brighter and a more attractive boulevard for pedestrians to walk through, shop and take a seat at their leisure. The front of the Wolsey Place Shopping Centre has also undergone significant canopy and facade improvements to match the appearance of the Centre in Jubilee Square, and aims to attract new retailers to this area of the town.

"A second phase of the Commercial Way enhancement works, from Chapel Street towards Cawsey Way, will be completed as part of the on going Wolsey Place asset management works and completed with the proposed Victoria Square development. Additionally, the old style paving stones around the eastern end of Commercial Way (near Café Nero and immediately outside Alexander House) will remain in situ until redevelopment works have been completed in and around Alexander House."

The works carried out by specialist contractor, Mclaughlin & Harvey Ltd on behalf of Woking Borough Council, aimed to keep disruption to retail premises and residential properties to a minimum, and pedestrian access was maintained throughout the eight-month schedule of works.

For more information about the proposed Victoria Square development, visit www.victoriasquarewoking.co.uk

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