Crest Nicholson started work today to prepare land in Farnham Town Centre for the multi-million pound Brightwells Regeneration scheme. The exciting plans include a Marks and Spencer Simply Food, a new six-screen cinema operated by Reel cinemas, eight restaurants and 24 retail units.
The project also includes the refurbishment of Grade II listed Brightwells House, a new town square and re-landscaping at Brightwells Gardens with some 60 new trees to be planted. As well as providing over 800 new jobs, the scheme will provide extra housing for the area with 239 new apartments, 72 of which will be shared ownership.
Further benefits of the scheme will include improved traffic flow through the town centre and better parking facilities.
Works to prepare the site started today, in advance of the building work starting in July. This will begin with the creation of an access bridge designed to reduce traffic disruption during the works.
Chris Tinker, Group Board Director at Crest Nicholson said:
“We are really excited to deliver this significant development which will bring a huge range of benefits to Farnham town centre. The development will open up a previously unused part of the town and provide new homes and jobs; preserving its history while transforming the shopping and entertainment offer”.
Commenting on the scheme, local resident Neil Farnham-Smith said:
“Having taken a detailed interest in the scheme, I am delighted that the development breaks ground this month. The population of Farnham has grown considerably in recent years, the town centre can now catch up with the demands and facilities required of it.”
Resident Katie Pearce added:
I am delighted that the Brightwells scheme will become a reality for Farnham. As a family with young children, we are excited to have a cinema and a more diverse retail and restaurant offering on our doorstep.
For further information about Crest Nicholson contact:
Chelsea Reilly, Community Engagement Officer: Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org