The Civic Quarter site sits to the south of Farnborough town centre. The RDP has identified it as a significant opportunity to develop a new heart for the town.
The RDP’s vision is for a vibrant mixed-use space, providing new opportunities for town centre living alongside active ground floor uses, such as cafes and restaurants along with the leisure centre, library and community centre.
About the Civic Quarter
The civic quarter is currently home to Farnborough Leisure Centre, Farnborough library, Westmead House (offices), Elles Hall, a skate park, surface car parks and a public green space. It is also the site of the now-demolished police station.
The site offers significant opportunities for a development that integrates the area with the town centre.
The civic quarter will be a vibrant mixed-use space, providing new opportunities for town centre living alongside active ground floor uses, such as cafes and restaurants along with the leisure centre, library and community centre.
Improvements to the public space will see an improved central green, forming the focal point for events, and improved pedestrian links between the town centre (at the side of Iceland) and Farnborough Business Park.
Development progress on the Civic Quarter
Over the coming months, the council will be carrying out the demolition of Elles Hall with contractors starting on site in September. We are continuing to work with LDA Design to develop a comprehensive masterplan for the civic quarter site. This will include looking at existing information, including what local people told the council as part of our earlier public engagement, and input from the landowners on site – Hampshire County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and the Wilky Group.
Following further public engagement, a planning application will be taken forward for the site in 2021.
Early public engagement on the Civic Quarter
The council held a number of public engagement activities in early 2019 to give GT3 Architects the chance to hear your views on the current site, what works well, and what the area could offer in the future to bring about a vibrant new public heart to the town centre.
The council then used the information you gave, together with work undertaken with the site’s users and stakeholders, to create a baseline that could be used going forward in the design and development of the Civic Quarter site. This is to make sure the future development is coherent and high-quality and meets the needs of the local community.
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Our architects LDA are working on a masterplan for the Civic Quarter site currently. We look forward to widespread consultation soon, but to find out out the events once arranged, please sign up to our mailing list below.
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