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Old November 27th, 2014, 07:22 PM   #61
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Answers to Bracknell regeneration questions finally revealed Much-needed answers to questions about what’s going in Bracknell town centre have been revealed by the borough’s regeneration boss.

Queries about when the construction will start, how long it is expected to take and when Winchester House will come down were put forward by Labour Councillor Tricia Brown last night.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive member for economic development and regeneration, told Bracknell Forest Council’s full meeting construction of the regenerated town centre would begin next spring.

He said: “In 2015 our residents will finally see the start of the construction which will see our glorious town centre rising from the ashes like a phoenix.

“There are many residents out there who still seem to believe the project is owned and led by Bracknell Forest Council and that the council has only secured one retailer.

“But the council is not having to stump up the £200 million - the funding is coming from Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) made up of Legal and General and Schroders.

“Both are giants in the investment world and despite the rumours which have been going around the borough in the last year neither has gone bankrupt.

“The decision on timing will ultimately be theirs but it is impossible to give a definitive time scale.

“However, construction to the northern area, where M&S, Fenwicks and the big Cineworld multi-screen will be, is expected to start in late spring.

“Charles Square will start a little later and as each phase progresses they will come together with the aim to have everything finished by September 2017 in time for the important Christmas trade.”

He added the machinery to tear down Winchester House, the former 3M building, in Market Street has arrived on site.

He said: “The big beast is huge and will be munching the top of the building from the outside.

“Inside, behind the scaffolding smaller machines have already stripped out a lot of the building and have left behind the metal frames.”

Once the demolition begins the tower is expected to be pulled down very quickly with the completion of the 311 apartments and a gym which will replace it to coincide with the opening of the rest of the town centre in 2017.

He added: “The final part of the work is the regeneration of Bracknell bus station which is well underway.

“We are trying to keep as much of it open as possible for the sake of the users and the companies as well as for the taxis who use it as a base and for the businesses who bring their employees in on minibuses.

“We’re hoping it will be finished by spring 2015.”
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Winchester House demolition begins

Work to take down the Bracknell town centre eyesore has begun this afternoon. It will eventually be replaced by more than 311 flats.

Work has begun on pulling down one of Bracknell's most loathed eyesores - Winchester House, better known as the former 3M building.

The machine known as 'The Cruncher' has begun pulling big chunks off the building in Market Street, which was once the home of the innovative company 3M.

Comer Homes has planning permission for 311 flats on the site and work is set to start after the current building is pulled down.

Winchester House demolition: 'Cruncher' on site as work begins on Bracknell eyesore

The new flats are expected to be finished at around the same time as the new town centre in September 2017.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: "I am ecstatic to see this building start to come down, for too long its loomed large and empty on the horizon - with Winchester House finally coming down and the recent news on construction starting of the town centre in late spring - 2015 is looking like it's going to be a busy year in Bracknell"

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From Building.co.uk:

Mace lands £200m Bracknell regeneration scheme
27 February 2015 | By Will Mann



Contractor confirmed on major scheme in Berkshire town

Bracknell retail quarter
Mace has been confirmed as main contractor on the £200m regeneration of Bracknell town centre.

The developer for the Northern Retail Quarter scheme is Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP), a 50:50 joint venture between Legal & General and Schroder.

BRP’s development agreement with Bracknell Forest Council went unconditional last week.

Construction will start on site in late March, with the earthworks, and erection of the steel superstructure due to get under way in June. The scheme is set to officially opening in spring 2017.

Gareth Lewis, chief operating officer for construction at Mace, said: “Mace has a strong track record locally, having completed the construction of Garth Hill College in 2011. The regeneration project will have a positive impact on Bracknell and local community.”
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Re. the 19 storey development in Bracknell comprising 311 apartments + Gym + retail, demolition of Winchester House (the old 3M Building) continues:





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Old May 27th, 2015, 12:31 PM   #65
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Bracknell - Old 3M building nearly gone, flats to follow soon after.



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First steel starting to rise on new Bracknell town centre!!!
This is going to be the new Marks and Spencer Department store.






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Bracknell New Town Center Update,
New Fenwicks Department Store in the foreground and Marks and Spencer behind:



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Old November 24th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #68
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Close up of new Marks and Spencer:




Site in the foreground has been finally cleared ready for 19 storey residential.
Third major building (Cineworld) now under construction on the right in the background:




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The Lexicon in Bracknell

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Looking at Google maps, assume this is now under construction.

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The building provides 193 new 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments on Market Street leading from the railway station to the new shopping centre, with an additional 2 commercial units on the ground floor.


https://hgp-architects.co.uk/news/hg...-of-bracknell/
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I don't think I've ever been into Bracknell town centre despite frequently driving past on the A322 when travelling between Wales and Surrey. I should probably remedy that soon to check out all the new construction.
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Work is set to start on the second phase of The Lexicon in Bracknell


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I visited Bracknell this afternoon for the very first time, on my way back from Woking to the M4! Unfortunately we were there right when it decided to rain for half an hour in what was an otherwise dry day so I didn't get to see as much of the town as I'd hoped.

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Next phase of Bracknell town centre regeneration starts



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Looks quite a substantial development
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Royal Winchester House, on the fringe of the Lexicon



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It was pouring with rain on my recent visit to Bracknell so I shall have to revisit as these works progress.

Royal Winchester House looks quite impressive approaching the town from the A329.
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Construction is soon to start on the Grand Exchange.

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11 storeys accommodating 246 residential units



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Council says 15,000-home Grazeley Garden Town will save other sites from development

Friday, January 10, 2020

The latest version of Wokingham borough’s draft Local Plan will go before councillors on January 15 and, if approved, will go to public consultation next month.

A extraordinary meeting of Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) executive will consider the Local Plan Update (LPU) which includes the proposed 15,000-home Grazeley Garden Town.

The council says that scheme will save hundreds of other sites from development.

Council leader John Halsall: “The fear of mass housing development has been hanging over the majority of our communities like a Sword of Damocles for too long. At last, we may have a way to remove it for them.

“If it is approved and supported by Government funding, we would be able to produce a Local Plan that meets a need for good homes in the borough, including genuinely affordable ones, while safeguarding our quality of life, protecting our Green Belt and relieving many of our villages from the fear of inappropriate development.”

The council says the LPU puts protection of countryside and the environment at the heart of its strategic vision for the future. WBC, which ran a campaign last year called Enough is Enough to fight Government imposed target of 900 new homes per year, says if the LPU is approved, the council can reduce the number.

The plan proposes that there would be:

* No housebuilding on the Green Belt along with protection for local green spaces
* The new Garden Town at Grazeley, bringing massive infrastructure investment
* A further commitment to resist random development
* Affordable housing

Read more: https://tvproperty.co.uk/news/counci...om-development
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The headline should be
'Council says building on the edge of Reading rather than Wokingham means we can claim council tax and provide very little while saving our average, snobby market town from any development'

If they plan to build more housing to the south of Reading, adding to what's already being built at Shinfield and Spencer's Wood, then there should be the possibility that this housing becomes part of the town.
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