Crest Nicholson has started work on the exciting Brightwells Regeneration Scheme, now known as Brightwells Yard, which is expected to bring a new lease of life to Farnham Town Centre.
The finished development will make the area a hub for leisure and evening entertainment, with a new six-screen Reel cinema and a variety of restaurants. This will complement the extension of Farnham’s retail offer with a new 25 unit retail centre anchored by Marks and Spencer Simply Food. The development has a phased opening from Spring 2021 and will be fully complete by Autumn 2022. When it opens, Brightwells Yard will also provide 239 new homes, bringing much needed housing to the town.
Following the recent planning approval of the latest phasing program, construction of the site’s temporary access bridge is now underway. This bridge will enable construction traffic to access the site directly from the A31 and avoid the smaller town centre roads over the course of the works. Crest Nicholson have changed the specification of the bridge, opting for a style which is quicker to construct. This means that the A31 lane closure will be in place for 10 weeks instead of previously estimated 18 weeks.
Beginning in October, one lane of the A31 will be closed for the duration of the bridge works, and will reopen when these are complete – expected to be in time for Christmas. This programme has been reduced to minimise disruption as much as possible. Crest Nicholson, in conjunction with Farnham Town Council, has been working to ensure that the lane closure avoids many of Farnham’s events, helping to ease congestion at an already busy time.
Borelli Walk has temporarily closed to enable the bridge construction, and in line with original planning dates are scheduled to reopen by March 2019. However, an added benefit of the new bridge approach is that the project team anticipate an earlier reopening date; once the bridge and highways works are completed.
The access bridge will be removed at the end of the scheme, and a new pedestrian footbridge over the River Wey will then be installed in the same location. The footbridge forms part of the new landscaping plans, incorporating pedestrian friendly routes throughout the scheme, with links to open areas including a Town Square and Public Gardens.