Greengage recently attended a public consultation for the Eden Walk regeneration project in London’s Kingston upon Thames. The consultation was an opportunity for residents and businesses to view revised plans for the area, including new leisure, retail, living and public realm areas. As sustainability coordinators for the project, Greengage were keen to hear feedback on the proposals from all stakeholders.
Kingston is undergoing significant redevelopment and the Eden Walk area is key to this with an objective to re-provide, modernise and expand the existing retail and leisure capacity. The Eden Walk shopping centre is currently located at the heart of Kingston town centre and is the primary retail offering, covering 276,000 sqft (including offices and a car park). Built in 1968, the dated buildings are no longer fit for modern retail needs or complementary to the rest of the town centre. Furthermore, the car park creates traffic congestion in the area.
In 2012, British Land joined with Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) in a joint venture with the aim of regenerating Eden Walk to enhance the whole town centre and deliver a sustainable future for the Eden Quarter area of Kingston. The proposals include the following:
- Improved retail area and offer;
- Approximately 1000m2 of public space with seating, landscaping and space for events;
- New and improved existing pedestrian links;
- Boutique cinema;
- Dining terrace and cafes;
- Sky restaurant;
- Modern offices; and
- Approximately 400 new apartments.
Greengage are carrying out a number of services to assist with the development of the proposals with a planning application expected to be submitted later in the autumn 2015. As sustainability coordinators, Greengage’s role is to ensure that the forward thinking, corporate sustainability targets of British Land are embedded in the design, meeting the requirements of the planning authority and ensuring that contractors deliver a genuinely sustainable regeneration project.
The Eden Walk redevelopment has the potential to regenerate Kingston town centre into a thriving area for use by everyone. Greengage’s input will ensure the new facilities are also highly sustainable and contribute to the future development of the area.
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