Green light for second phase of Staines-upon-Thames regeneration

Award-winning developer London Square has secured planning permission for the second phase of its Charter Square mixed-use regeneration, which is will help to transform Staines-upon-Thames town centre.

Designed by Assael Architecture, the new scheme will replace old office buildings with mid-rise blocks, providing 104 new residential units, including 22 shared ownership, with flexible commercial floor space at ground and first floor levels, a pocket park and landscaped areas, plus associated parking and highway works.

Phase two adjoins the west edge of phase one, also designed by Assael, where construction is well underway to deliver 260 apartments and a stunning new piazza, dotted with shops and cafes. Both phases border the high street and are located just four minutes’ walk from the railway station, which connects to London Waterloo in 35 minutes. Meanwhile, London Heathrow is just a 10 minute drive from Staines-upon-Thames, while there is easy access to the M25, M3, M4 and A30, making it an increasingly attractive place to live and do business.

Adam Lawrence, CEO of London Square, comments:

“Our delivery of this new phase will further bolster the town centre, transforming a neglected office site into new homes, flexible working space and more. We are already well underway on phase one, which will provide an attractive new piazza that will revitalise this portion of the high street and play a crucial part in the wider regeneration taking place across the area.”

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.


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