Work set to begin to transform Egham town centre

Plans to regenerate Egham town centre will soon be underway, bringing more than 100 new homes, shops, restaurants and a cinema to the area. 

Next week, hoardings will go up around buildings on Station Road North, Church Road and Grange Road, before the site is cleared ready for works to begin in the New Year. 

Access to businesses along Station Road North will be unaffected and the short stay car park will remain open until January 2020. 

Known as Egham Gateway West, the development is being managed by Places for People, one of the UK's leading placemakers, in partnership with Runnymede Borough Council, as part of the £200 million Runnymede Regeneration Programme. 

The plans include 27 affordable for rent and 7 shared ownership homes, as well as 67 market sale and rent apartments and student accommodation. 

This exciting development will also see a new four screen Everyman cinema open on the corner of Station Road North and Church Road. There will also be retail and restaurant units, a food convenience store and a new public square.  

Rick Lawrence, Partnerships Director at Places for People said: "We are delighted that work is set to start on the next phase of the exciting Runnymede Regeneration Programme - in partnership with Runnymede Borough Council.  

"The clearance of these buildings paves the way for construction of much needed affordable homes along with retail, office space and a new public realm that will revitalise the area and deliver something that the whole community can be proud of." 

Cllr Nick Prescot, Leader of Runnymede Borough Council, said: "This is a heavyweight investment to create a busy and enjoyable focal point for Egham. The new cinema, shops and restaurants will create a step change in the life of the town centre which will also boost existing businesses through increased footfall.  

"The mix of housing is key to the Council's aim of supporting local people; within a couple of years more residents will be able to put down roots in our Borough for the long term." 

The main building works are set to complete in late summer 2021. 

The Runnymede Regeneration Programme will see several sites redeveloped across the Borough over the next eight to 13 years. This includes the new Egham Orbit leisure centre that opened in February 2019 and the Addlestone One development housing Waitrose, Premier Inn, shops and restaurants.