Egham set for change: will the town become unrecognisable?

By Rosa Smith, News Editor

Full plans for the regeneration of Egham’s town centre have been revealed, including a performing arts academy with a 750-seat theatre.

The developer’s behind the plans, Places for People, have expanded their plans for the town centre, named Egham Gateway West.

The plans show a new entrance to the town centre from the railway station, as well as redevelopment of Station Road North, Church Road, and Grange Road. The streets will include new cafes, bars, and retail spaces, as well as squares and tree-lined avenues.

Taking pride of place will be the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, which will be accompanied by a brand new 750 seat theatre. If the plans go ahead, 170 student accommodation units will also be built in the town centre. The theatre and academy are promised to bring a ‘major cultural offering’ to the town.

John Rice, RBC director of commercial services, told GetSurrey: ‘What is being planned by the council in partnership with Places for People is a once in generation change to the face of Egham.

‘We want to retain the special characteristics of the town to further improve its economic viability and appearance.’

The complete planning application will be submitted to the town council in the Autumn.


Featured image: Wikimedia Commons

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