We have been involved in the masterplanning and design to Stage 3 for two different schemes for this important site in Woking.
The first, completed in 2017, involved demolishing and clearing the site south of Goldsworth Road and replacing it with a phased development of 560 residential units, 10,500 sq m of office space, and 850 sq m of retail and gym use, along with public realm improvements and highway works to Goldsworth Road. The tallest of the three concrete framed residential towers was 34-storeys and overlooked a landscaped amenity space on the third-floor podium.
The client has now expanded the site north of Goldsworth Road and we are working on the early stages of a new development that ties the wider area into the Victoria Square development adjacent to the site, which is currently under construction. The new scheme is likely to feature a slightly taller building as well as separate commercial buildings and a new homeless shelter.
There are significant technical and logistical challenges associated with this development, including the construction of several tall buildings at the foot of a railway embankment, and the potential diversion of a deep level public sewer and other buried services. Additionally, due to the new development in the area a foul water impact study was required, which showed the existing public sewer network to have insufficient capacity and an upgrade required. We have worked closely with both Network Rail and Thames Water to clarify the risks to the development and minimise these as far as possible.
Our work also involved the design of a surface water strategy which uses a below ground attenuation tank restricting the site to its Greenfield run-off rate for smaller storm events, and at the existing 1 in 100-year rate for the larger storm events. Green roofs and permeable paving will be used.
Currently in design.