Solum, a partnership between Network Rail and Kier, has received approval from the Planning Inspectorate to go ahead with a £150m regeneration scheme to redevelop the area around Guildford station in England, UK.
Under the project, the Guildford’s station car park will be transformed into a new Station Quarter.
The scheme will deliver a new station building and 438 new homes. It will include 412 car parking spaces for rail users, 536 cycle spaces for station users, 3,427m2 of retail provision, 1,877m2 of new offices, and 456 cycle spaces for the new residents.
The Guildford Council had identified the Guildford Station site for mixed-use development to include residential and commercial uses.
The £25m improvements to Guildford Station will include a new station building with a larger, double height ticket hall with a wider gate-line to accommodate more passengers; and a multi-storey car park with improved, safer pedestrian access and reduced average walk time from car to platform.
The improvements also include separate pick-up and drop-off arrangements; improved taxi rank with shelter and canopies; additional secure station bicycle storage spaces; a station quarter with additional space for shops and restaurants; and new bus replacement arrangements.
The scheme is expected to create more than 300 new jobs.
Alan Jones from Solum said: “We are very pleased that this exciting brownfield regeneration project has been given the green light. This is a scheme that will transform the area around Guildford Station and provide a new Gateway to the town.
“Solum has been working with Guildford Council and the community for seven years. The scheme has undergone significant change through the planning process and we look forward now to working with the council to deliver the scheme.”
Network Rail Property managing director David Biggs said: “We at Network Rail are extremely pleased that the planning approval of this fantastic scheme has been achieved. It will deliver significant benefits to station users and the local community, by releasing land for much needed housing, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and providing a significantly improved station.”