Developers Prime Place aim to build three “slender and coherent buildings”, but have reduced the number of flats from 635 to 560 to ‘relieve pressure on parking levels’.

A second set of proposals for sky scraper town centre apartments and office space in Woking have been put to the public.

Following an exhibition in March, developers Prime Place have reduced their plans for 635 apartments at 20-32 Goldsworth Road to 560, following public feedback.

They said the decision was taken to “relieve pressure on parking levels”.

The proposals, which will be put into a planning application and submitted to Woking Borough Council, concern two vacant 1980s commercial office buildings and the homes of Woking Railway Athletic Club and Curchods Estate Agents.

They will be replaced with three “slender and coherent buildings” – the first at 34 storeys, the second 25 and the smallest at 17.

On their website, Prime Place have said: “Our vision for the site is to create a sustainable development with a range of much-needed new family and starter homes, over 112,000sqft of Grade A commercial space which could provide a home for an industry leading business and a number of retail outlets to help compliment the council’s planned regeneration of Woking Town Centre.”

Woking Town Centre CGI

Woking Town Centre CGI

Latest exhibition boards put out for viewing on May 20 and 21 attracted around 400 people and revealed the apartments will be spread across three sky scrapers, offering ‘panoramic floor to ceiling views of Woking and Surrey’.

Commercial space on offer has been reduced from 150,000sqft to 112,750sqft – now in a separate building.

The developers have been more generous with their parking proposals, offering 395 car parking spaces, up from 380 in previous plans.

A further 12,350sqft has been earmarked for retail, including space for existing tenants Curchods and Woking Railway Athletic Club as well as a café, gym and other units fronting Goldsworth Road.

A podium area of landscaped gardens with seating has been included, alongside a ground floor reception, concierge, gym, dining room, cinema room and lounge.

They will decrease in height moving away from the town centre down the road, which Prime Place said will act as a ‘transition’ between the council’s Victoria Square development and existing buildings.

The developers have predicted the new builds will result in an increase of up to three car movements a minute, during the morning peak hour, and up to two extra car movements a minute in the evening.

They have also deemed it a ‘green energy efficient scheme’ with an on-site energy centre, solar panels, biodiverse roofs and planted amenity spaces.

On the outside, Prime Place have designed layered facades of bronze-coloured metals and glass and perforated balcony screens to ‘echo elements of engineering’.

Woking Town Centre development aerial shot

Woking Town Centre development aerial shot

However Canalside councillor, Mohammad Ali, said parking and congestion remained a concern, particularly for residents around nearby Coign Church.

“I am in favour of the development, however concerns which local residents have raised to me are on parking,” he said.

“I think it may not be enough, there will be spill over.

“That part of the town is already congested. I am in favour of doing a face lift but those are consequential issues that must be addressed before we go ahead.

“I think it’s a good development but it should not be at the expense of existing residents.

“They bought their home with a certain expectation.”

Following the exhibition, Prime Place developments planning manager, Simon Taylor, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for our public exhibition and I am pleased to see that so many residents were happy with the changes we have made to our scheme on Goldsworth Road.

“This project is going to bring more jobs to Woking and deliver housing in a sustainable location for the borough.”

Source – Get Surrey