Wellington House to make way for revamp
February 11, 2010
A town centre building will be knocked down later this month in preparation for the planned regeneration of Wokingham.
Wellington House in Wellington Road has been empty since before Christmas and will be demolished within the next few weeks.
The building, built in the 1960s, previously housed Wokingham Borough Council employees working for social services. It will now make way for new buildings planned for the town.
Councillor Matt Deegan, executive member for community regeneration, said: “The demolition of Wellington House is a crucial part of the preparations for the regeneration of Wokingham town centre.
“The regeneration may well not start at the Wellington House end of town but the building still needs to be cleared before any serious redevelopment construction work can start.”
Staff who previously worked at the offices have been transferred to other buildings in the town centre.
Cllr Deegan said: “The borough council has been beavering away for months now to identify the right development partner to regenerate the town.
“As the regeneration of the town takes shape, the hoarding message on the portable signage will be moved to each development site in turn.”
The hoarding is emblazoned with the legend ‘Wokingham Borough Council – working to regenerate your town’.
Cllr Gary Cowan, the executive member for local and regional planning, said: “Once the masterplan is formally adopted by the council in summer 2010, any planning applications submitted within the town centre will have to conform to what’s in it – including those that will come forward as part of the redevelopment.”
He urged anyone who wanted to have their say about the plans for the town centre’s future to view and comment on the masterplan.
It is available at www.wokingham.gov.uk/redevelopment-update.
Cllr Cowan added: “Keep your comments coming in as we value your contribution. The views and ideas of local people are critical to the preparation of the masterplan.”
Council leader Cllr David Lee said: “The redevelopment is a top priority for the council.
“We want to create the right kind of town for local residents, workers and visitors and we are working closely with members of the public to create a clear vision for the town’s future.”
The council is in competitive dialogue with shortlisted developers Development Securities, based in London, Gladedale Special Projects, from Epsom, and Wilson Bowden, from Leicestershire.
The development partner is due to be selected in the spring and construction is expected to begin at the end of 2011/start of 2012.