Plans for power station and 247 student flats in Woking town centre revealed

October 11, 2018
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Woking could welcome a new power station and 247 flats in what developers hope will be an “exciting and aspirational new landmark” for the town.

New plans submitted on Monday (October 8) drop the idea for a “finding beacon” at one corner of the 17 floor building, which would have illuminated the skies.

This element, dubbed ‘The Torch’, had been designed to “represent the light and energy which ‘The Power Station’ is producing for Woking,” according to previous planning documents submitted by Thameswey Development Ltd, the Woking Borough Council development company.

Proposals for a climbing wall to add “animation and colour” as well as a conference space at the Poole Road site have also been fallen by the wayside.

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The first two floors of the building – which is being called ‘The Power House’ – would be occupied by the combined heat and power plant.

There would then be two communal floors for co-working and activities (which are designed to act as a noise buffer zone) and then thirteen floors of student housing labove it.

Although the large ‘Torch’ section of the building has been removed from the design, there are still elements of this concept included in the latest plans.

The design and access statement reads: “The communal spaces require natural light and so demands a large amount of glazing. The glazing means the volumes appear shiny and reflective by day – and are illuminated by night.

(Image: Broadway Malyan/Thameswey)

“The beacons of light and activity at either end of the building give it presence and an identity.”

The site is located on the corner of Poole and Butts Rd, at the former home of The Hockey Museum, which has now moved to the High Street.

In terms of parking, there are 134 cycle spaces for students, eight visitor cycle spaces and 12 car parking spaces for power station workers incorporated into the deisgn.

However, there is no car parking provided for students because the applicants argue that the site’s town centre location mean that none are required.

The proposed development site on Poole Road
(Image: Grahame Larter)

Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan, who led the design of the building, said: “This has been a unique design project due to the complexities of delivering a high quality residential building over the top of a CHP station.

“But by celebrating rather than minimising the industrial aesthetic, this scheme will deliver an exciting and aspirational new landmark that boldly articulates its mix of uses.”

The student housing will be organised into two clusters of nine and 10 apartments around a communal kitchen on each floor.

Mark Rolt, chief operating officer at Thameswey Group, said: “This is a stunning design for a building that will serve a number of important uses.

“The Power House places low carbon energy at the heart of the town’s economic development while the upper floors will bring contemporary co-working and co-living to the area for the first time.

“Having modern, affordable accommodation and workspaces in the same place will be a huge draw for creative, entrepreneurial young people at a time of huge transformation and opportunity in Woking.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/plans-power-station-247-student-15256450


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