Holder Mathias appointed to design major residential town centre scheme in Camberley

Surrey Heath Borough Council has appointed Holder Mathias Architects to design and redevelop Ashwood House and Pembroke House in Camberley town centre.

Led by the council’s development partner, Berkeley Homes, the two residential schemes will support the regeneration of the town centre and facilitate its future growth through the creation of 141 new homes and retail space.

Acquired by Surrey Heath Borough Council in 2015, Ashwood House occupies a key site on Pembroke Broadway and will be converted and extended to provide 116 one-and-two-bedroom flats, while Pembroke House, located on Frimley Road, will be redeveloped to provide 25 affordable flats and retail space for local businesses.

Ashwood House existing brickwork will be refreshed and new design features such as cornicing and metal louvres will be added to complement the proposed extension. A new roof extension will be designed using translucent glazed cladding and panelling to contrast with the brick on the lower floors.

Pembroke House will be replaced with a four-storey residential building, including retail units below; rebuilt using two shades of brick, a traditional material used locally, it will be designed as a series of bays to reflect the rhythm of buildings along Frimley Road.

Max Poole, partner at Holder Mathias, said: “Through our experience redesigning town centres as part of significant regeneration schemes, we have the expertise to deliver the council’s vision for Camberley in order to guarantee its future development and prosperity. Our design approach draws inspiration from traditional materials used locally, but also adds a contemporary edge that will futureproof the area’s appearance and character.”

Surrey Heath Borough Council chief executive Karen Whelan said: “We are delighted to be working with Holder Mathias on these key Camberley schemes and look forward to their exciting plans being realised.”

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