High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement works
Update March 2020
The High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk have received £3.5million of grant funding from Enterprise M3 LEP which has been increased with £900k of funding from Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) to improve the roads and pavements in these historic areas.
The works started on Monday 6 January 2020.
Dyer and Butler are the construction engineers who are undertaking the works. If you have specific questions regarding the project you can email these to Camberley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also prepared a list of commonly asked questions and answers. http://camberleybeinspired.co.uk/camberley-high-street-princess-way-and-knoll-walk-improvement-works-your-questions-answered/
What is happening now?
The works are taking place in five phases and the first two phases are now in construction. These areas are the middle section of the High Street and the pedestrian section of Princess Way. The old road and pavement surfaces have been removed and the sites are being prepared for the new road and pavement surfaces to be laid.
The Princess Way pedestrian section is on track and works are progressing well. The area has been prepared for the new paving to be laid. The footpath will also shortly start to be prepared for the new surfaces. The footway will remain open and will be partitioned off surrounding the active works.
The High Street section was unfortunately disrupted on Friday 6 March due to encountering an uncharted Gas Connector/Ferrule (opposite McDonalds) which resulted in a gas leak. Southern Gas Network arrived on site quickly to repair the damage.
This incident meant the High Street Works had to be stopped for a short time whilst the gas main was made safe. Given the extent of uncharted lateral services in this area of the works, a revised vacuum excavation strategy was developed by the team. This revised strategy is likely to have a programme impact of up to 3 weeks on the High Street Works however will mitigate risk of further damage and disruption to business. Following this period of excavation, kerbing works for the new carriageway will commence with surfacing following soon after. When the carriageway surfacing is completed, work will commence on the pavements with pedestrian access being maintained on the newly surfaced carriageway as well as to each of the retail units.
The zebra crossing on the High Street is now open and only closes as and when the works require. Access across the High Street is still maintained by Princess Way and Obelisk Way.
Knoll Walk continues to be closed to the general public as is being used to store materials. Alternative walk-throughs from Knoll Road to the High Street are Bissingen Way, Portesbery Road and St George’s Road.
What will happen next?
Once the Princess Way Pedestrian and the Central High Street phases have completed the project will then move to the carriageway on Princess Way, the southern half of the High Street and finally Knoll Walk.
What improvements will the project bring to Camberley?
These works will bring greatly improved road and pavement surfaces to these areas. New trees, plants, lighting and street furniture will also be installed creating a modern, attractive space.
- Pavements will be constructed from high quality materials and will match the surrounding architecture
- New improved road surfaces
- New street lighting
- New modern street furniture
- Trees will be planted along the High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk as well as evergreens, grasses and bulbs
- Public art installation celebrating Camberley’s heritage
Why is the top part of the High Street not included in this project?
The top of the High Street from the Obelisk Way junction to London Road will be improved in the future as part of the London Road development. Kier have been selected as the developer for this project and are currently working on their designs and timescales for the site.