Crest Nicholson have commenced demolition works on Brightwells Yard, the central Farnham project which aims to bring a new lease of life to the town centre.

The demolition team on site painstakingly removed various items of memorabilia from buildings across the site and these will be passed onto local groups, including the Farnham Theatre Association and Farnham Town Council.

The items recovered include railings from the walls adjacent to Brightwells House, a plaque that was set into the Redgrave Theatre foyer floor to commemorate Princess Margaret’s visit to the theatre to watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet, a selection of theatre seating and electronic equipment.

Work is also underway at the Marlborough Head Pub to remove the rear walls and outhouses. When these works are complete in a few weeks’ time, construction on the scheme itself can really get underway.

Brightwells Yard is being developed by Crest Nicholson in partnership with Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

The new development will provide 239 new homes comprised of one, two and three bedroom apartments with over 9,814 square metres of retail, a cinema, restaurants, cafes together with a new Town Square and public gardens and a multi-storey car park. The development has a phased opening from Spring 2021 and will be fully complete by Autumn 2022. Cllr Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said:

“I recognise some local people will have fond memories of the theatre and will be sad to see it go, which is why we have worked with Crest and interested parties to salvage a number of items from inside. Indeed, the Farnham Theatre Association is collecting a number of items this week.

The theatre was closed around 20 years ago as it was not viable, due to low attendance. It is no longer habitable, so I am looking forward to seeing the space used again – as a place where the community can come together and enjoy spending time with their friends and family, as part of the Brightwells scheme. The demolition work means the build out of this scheme will soon commence. Once complete, Brightwells will offer residents of Farnham and visitors to the town a new cinema, with great entertainment and cultural opportunities for the community.”

Tim Jones, Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said:

“We are pleased to have been able to salvage these items that offer a sense of Farnham’s history. Building demolitions mean that work on the site can get underway to create this exciting scheme, which will provide Farnham with new housing alongside an improved retail and leisure offering.”

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