Development of Woking’s town centre is already underway, with the three towers of the Victoria Square development marking just the start of a significant period of transformation of the town centre as high-rise towers gain planning approval or come forward at the pre-planning application stage. At 34 storeys high, the Victoria tower is said to define the limits of tall buildings in the town. We are pleased to have been brought on board by Woking Borough Council to review proposed developments in the town centre, helping to shape the future of this fast expanding town. Like so many places close to London, Woking is facing pressure for development and is taking on the challenge of accommodating higher density development in the context of a traditional town centre.

A dedicated panel of experts will be getting to understand the council’s aspirations for the town and will get to know the town centre, its character and its challenges, drawing on their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide consistent advice to the council and developers.

The Woking Tall Buildings/Town Centre Panel are:

Chris Bearman (Chair), Architecture/Urban Design

Gerard Maccreanor, Architecture

Cara Bamford, Architecture

Chris Schulte, Urban Design/Public Realm

Peter Bishop, Planning/Urban Design

Jon Akers Coyle, Landscape Architecture/Public Realm

Vincent Lacovara, Planning/Placemaking

Maggie Baddeley, Planning

Paula Hirst, Urban Regeneration

Louise Goodison, Architecture/Heritage

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