Civic Quarter

For more information about the Civic Quarter Masterplan please click below to enter our virtual exhibition room. Once you have had a chance to review the information available, please click on the ‘answer the survey’ button below to provide your feedback.

Alternatively, please click here to download the exhibition boards.

The Civic Quarter site sits to the south of Farnborough town centre and has been identified as a significant opportunity to develop a new heart for the town. 

The masterplan area is currently home to the library, offices, a skate park, the former Elles Hall Community Centre, police station sites, Farnborough Leisure Centre, car parks and open space. The emerging ‘Civic Quarter’ regeneration proposals would see this transformed into a mixed-use space with new opportunities for town centre living, alongside active ground floor spaces for shops, cafes and restaurants, library, a new leisure centre and community space. Strategically located in the heart of the proposals is the creation of a new open space which will be well connected for all to encourage maximum footfall.

Early public engagement on the Civic Quarter

As part of the 2019 public consultation and vision workshops undertaken by the Council and GT3 architects, they asked for feedback on people’s perceptions of the current site and Farnborough as a whole. As a result of these responses, eight key objectives for the Masterplan were established, and were used to develop the proposals that we are consulting on now. These objectives are shown on the right. In addition to this, consultation took place in March 2021 to ask local people what they would like to see included as part of the Masterplan. This feedback has also been used as a basis for the Masterplan proposals we are consulting on now.

If you would like to know more about the Civic Quarter Masterplan proposals, and to speak to our project team, please come along to one of our two drop-in consultation events.

The details of these are as follows:

When: Thursday 16th September from 5pm to 8pm

Where: Rushmoor Borough Council Offices, Farnborough Rd, Farnborough GU14 7JU

When: Saturday 18th September from Midday to 4pm

Where: Rushmoor Borough Council Offices, Farnborough Rd, Farnborough GU14 7JU

Thinking for the future of Farnborough

We are currently exploring an exciting new way to think about placemaking, where development is designed so that everything you need to live, work and enjoy your time is in reach within a 15-minute walk or bike ride.

This is 21st Century thinking for the future of Farnborough. Looking at a new place in this way reveals different possibilities for sustainable town centre living, and allows people to celebrate their community, shop local, access services, work collaboratively and socialise with friends.

The proposed Masterplan

The proposed Masterplan for Farnborough’s new Civic Quarter has been informed by the feedback received in our previous consultations. 

For more information about the Civic Quarter Masterplan please click below to enter our virtual exhibition room. Once you have had a chance to review the information available, please click on the ‘answer the survey’ button below to provide your feedback.

Public consultation and next steps

Consultation on the proposed Masterplan for Farnborough’s new Civic Quarter is running until Sunday 26 September 2021 and we would love to hear from you. Feedback can be provided in one of the following ways:

  • Online – by filling out our online feedback form, which can be viewed by clicking here
  • By Email – send your feedback to information@rdpllp.co.uk
  • By phone – call our freephone telephone line 0800 368 7592


We are also holding two in person consultation events, which provide the opportunity to speak with a member of the project team. These events are taking place as follows:

Thursday 16th September from 5pm to 8pm

Where: Rushmoor Borough Council Offices, Farnborough Rd, Farnborough GU14 7JU

Saturday 18th September from Midday to 4pm

Where: Rushmoor Borough Council Offices, Farnborough Rd, Farnborough GU14 7JU

All of the information available to view at the consultation events is also available in our virtual exhibition room and in hard copy on request.

Civic Quarter - Your Questions Answered

The Civic Quarter site sits to the south of Farnborough town centre and is currently home to the library, offices, a skate park, the now demolished Elles Hall and police station sites, Farnborough Leisure Centre (currently closed), car parks and open space.

The scheme is being brought forward by the Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships. Our aim is to create distinctive, mixed-use town centres that offer high-quality retail, entertainment and cultural enrichment, alongside exciting employment opportunities and the delivery of much-needed new homes.

The Civic Quarter site has been identified as a significant opportunity to develop a new heart for the town and meet the Council’s housing requirements. Regenerating the site will transform it into a mixed-use space with new opportunities for town centre living, alongside ground floor spaces for cafes and restaurants, library and community space. It would also enable Rushmoor Borough Council’s separate plans to provide a new leisure centre.

We consulted local people in March 2021 on what they would like to see prioritised as part of the Civic Quarter Masterplan, this consultation was guided using eight objectives established using the 2019 public consultation feedback that will be used to bring forward the development. They are:

The masterplan will include the following:

  • Approximately 1,000 new homes designed for different housing needs in the local community
  • A new Leisure and Civic Hub building incorporating sports facilities, a library and community space
  • A new hotel
  • A new skate park
  • A large destination central park which will create an outdoor heart for community activity
  • New shops, cafes and restaurants to help boost the local economy


More details about the masterplan can be found on the exhibition boards in our virtual exhibition room.

This is a new way of thinking about how we design places, where development is created so that everything you need to live, work and enjoy your leisure time is in reach within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. This concept will help create a thriving community and sustainable local economy and is 21st Century thinking for the future of Farnborough.

Images of the proposed Civic Quarter, as well as details of the proposals, can be found on the exhibition boards in our virtual exhibition room.

As you may be aware, Elles Hall and the former police station have now been demolished. An improved library space and community facilities will form an important part of the Civic Quarter masterplan, alongside a new square that provides multi use play space for older and younger children, with facilities for skaters and kick bike users.

Rushmoor Borough Council has separate plans to create a new leisure centre, and the Civic Quarter site is providing the space for this. 

Once the latest consultation has ended on the 26th September at 11.59pm, we will review the feedback given by local people and bring forward a finalised version of the masterplan. This will be submitted as part of a planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council in Autumn 2021.

  • Please review the information on the boards in our virtual exhibition room and fill in the survey above with your feedback. Alternatively, you can contact the project team with your feedback or questions using the details below:

    Phone: 0800 368 7592 (Freephone)

    Email: information@rdpllp.co.uk

Please see below for our contact details:

Phone: 0800 368 7592 (Freephone)

Email: information@rdpllp.co.uk

Post: RDP Consultation Team, c/o Snapdragon at PLMR, Church House, 29 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BL