Camberley High Street, Princess Way and Knoll Walk improvement works update – May 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.highstreet@dyerandbutler.co.uk.

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/

In accordance with the latest Government Guidelines and the latest advice from the CLC (Construction Leadership Council) construction projects can still continue.  The workforce numbers have been reduced on this project to facilitate social distancing and Dyer and Butler are regularly reminding their employees of this.

What is happening now?

The works are taking place in five phases with three phases now under  construction. These areas include  the Central section of the High Street and both the Pedestrian and Carriageway sections of Princess Way.

The above areas are already  beginning to look transformed. The High Street Carriageway is almost prepared to receive the Asphalt surfacing  with the granite kerbs  being laid out, allowing commencement of works  on the pavements.

The civil engineering elements of the Carriageway section of Princess Way was brought forward by the project team so most of the work could be completed whilst the majority of businesses are closed  due to COVID-19, mitigating the impact on traders.  The  reinforced concrete road surface will be open to delivery vehicles again on Tuesday 26 May 2020 enabling access to The Square shopping centre’s Service Yard 6. Granite setts will be laid on this surface later in the works programme.

Pedestrians can still access The Square shopping centre via the entrance at Princess Way.  This entrance is accessed by a footway which is partitioned off surrounding the active works.  Wilko, Savers, Specsavers and Pet’s Corner have remained open through the works and are fully accessible.  The improvement works on these shop fronts will take place in the evenings and at weekends when the stores are closed.

Knoll Walk continues to be closed to the general public as it 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 southern half of the High Street and 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.