Award-winning developer London Square has secured planning permission for the second phase of its £120m town centre scheme – extending the scope for the transformation already under way at the heart of Staines-upon-Thames.
London Square Staines-upon-Thames is the exciting new focal point on the Charter Square site in the riverside town. Designed by Assael Architecture, the collection of apartments and shops are set around a stunning new piazza – which will form an attractive entrance to the development in the High Street. The latest phase, replacing outdated offices, will create distinctive mid-rise blocks, with brick and white tiled exteriors and stylish rooftop terraces, providing 104 new homes, including 22 shared ownership apartments. Flexible co-working commercial space at ground and first floor levels will be created and the scheme will include a pocket park with children’s playground and attractive landscaped areas, plus road and parking improvements.
The first phase of London Square Staines-upon-Thames (260 homes) is well underway, and due for completion in 2019. The development is just four minutes’ walk from the railway station, with fast links to London Waterloo in 35 minutes.
Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive, London Square, comments:
“We are delighted to get the go-ahead to continue our exciting revitalisation plans for Staines-upon-Thames, transforming a neglected office site into much-needed new homes, with flexible working space designed for entrepreneurs and start-ups to help boost the local economy and attract investment. The first phase is already making a significant difference, with new homes, retail and communal space that will help bring new life to the high street.”
Dipa Joshi, director at Assael Architecture, comments:
“This new scheme in Staines-upon-Thames will add to the transformation of the town centre, and forms the next element around a new public square already under construction by London Square. The genuinely mixed-use scheme will include flexible commercial space targeted at co-working use, encouraging interaction with the public realm, as well 104 high-quality homes. A slender form creates an elegant visual marker beside the railway line. The materials, including glazed and white brick, add to the local vernacular whilst remaining distinctly contemporary. In addition, the public pocket park with a children’s playground and residents’ rooftop amenities add to the high-quality landscaping of the development. Charter Square is testimony to the excellent work of the London Square and Assael teams, who have made a significant contribution to the regeneration of Staines.”
Staines-upon-Thames is situated in the Surrey borough of Spelthorne. Work on phase one is due to complete in 2019, with work on phase two expected to complete in 2021.