Keep up to date below with the latest updates about what's happening on site with the Regeneration projects
2 DECEMBER 2017
Thanks to everyone who came along to check out our open day on Saturday. We opened up the route from Bush Walk through to the Bradbury Centre so people could come see how work was progressing and visit the Wokingham Methodist Church Festival of Angels at the Bradbury Centre.
28 NOVEMBER 2017
Work has begun to prepare the site for our open day on 2 December. We are also preparing the area along Rose Street ready to start work on the four new townhouses.
22 NOVEMBER 2017
The site continues to change with a new base layer across the square
15 NOVEMBER 2017
Work is continuing to move apace across the Rose Street side of the site
06 NOVEMBER 2017
Here are some photos showing how work on the units fronting Peach Street is progressing
27 OCTOBER 2017
First floor scaffolding and structure work contines to be installed along the Peach Street side of the site. Work is also progressing well on the Rose Street side with the concrete floor slab having been laid for the commercial units facing into the new square.
23 OCTOBER 2017
Department for Transport 'Stopping up of Highways' Made order notices have gone up around the Elms Field site today as part of the pre-construction works. These notices are part of the process which will allow the route of Elms road to be moved to the western edge of the new park. The existing section of Elms Road will be dug up and becomes part of the new park layout.
You can view a copy of the notice, order and plan during normal opening hours at Wokingham Post Office, 16 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AA
20 OCTOBER 2017
Two views from the webcam showing how work is going to scaffold the buildings along Peach Street at first floor, and construct the steel frame on Rose Street.
18 OCTOBER 2017
You can read a copy of the latest Peach Place newsletter from Dawnus here.
17 OCTOBER 2017
Scaffolding works continue across the site this week.
10 OCTOBER 2017
Work to demolish and cut back the frontage of the former Boots Opticians building on Rose Street continues preparing it to be reclad and extended as part of the new development.
02 OCTOBER 2017
Scaffolding has started to go up around the steel frame in preparation for the buildings to start going up over the coming months
25 SEPTEMBER 2017
Survey works continue across Elms Field this week as work starts on a series of ground investigations.
Work includes digging test pits and boreholes to test ground conditions and drainage. Individual areas will be fenced off whilst surveys are undertaken before being reinstated.
The Park and Car Parks will remain open throughout the works.
22 SEPTEMBER 2017
Here are some more photos from across the site showing how work is progressing well. We're currently replacing the roof above the Costa and Superdrug units as part of our facade improvements work, have been building the steel frame for the units by the Brdbury Centre, and have been laying the foundations ready for the new unit tripple gabled building next to the Redan.
15 SEPTEMBER 2017
Work continues on laying the first floor slab above the shops at Peach Place
11 SEPTEMBER 2017
Scaffolding has also been installed on Rose Street to allow the front of the building to be cut back and replaced over the coming months. Don't forget that the businesses formerly housed in these units have relocated elsewhere within the town centre. J Strange Jewellers to Bush Walk and Boots Opticians to Market Place.
The temporary footpath closure will remain in situ for safety whilst the demolition works are completed, however new scaffolding will be installed later on allowing for the footpath to be reinstated whilst the facade is rebuilt and extended with a brand new corner unit.
04 SEPTEMBER 2017
Work at Peach Place is going well with the new square starting to take shape as the steel frames are built for the surrounding units
30 AUGUST 2017
Work started today on producing a detailed topographical survey of the Elms Field site which includes the Paddocks car park, Wellington House car parks, play area, Park and Shute End council offices site. The survey is expected to take around a week to complete and forms part of a variety of pre-constructions works being carried out over the coming months. We will be keeping people updated about these preconstruction works on the Elms Field Delivery page.
Please note this topographical survey work is non invasive and will not impact on users of the park or car parks which remain open as usual.
29 AUGUST 2017
Scaffolding has been going up over the weekend around Costa and Superdrug to allow for work to the frontages of these units. Both businesses remain open for business as usual. Work is expected to be complete and scaffolding removed in early December.
23 AUGUST 2017
One one side of the new square work to install the metal deck flooring progresses quickly and, on the other side of the new square, work has started to install the steel structure for the buildings that will be joing the development to Rose street.
14 AUGUST 2017
Here is a photo of the metal deck flooring being installed in the new buildings fronting onto Peach Street.
10 AUGUST 2017
Work on the attenutation system has gone well over the last week with the pipework now covered over. Netting is now going up across the steel frame in preparation to lay the metal deck flooring.
04 AUGUST 2017
Here is the latest photo from Peach Place showing how the new square is starting to take shape.
In the foreground you can see the large attenuation tanks being installed underneath the new Square.
27 JULY 2017
The planning application for Carnival Phase 2 has now been registered. The full set of documents can be viewed on the councils website by searching for application number 172012 or in hard copy at the Shute End Planning Desk.
Copies of key documents and plans can also be viewed in the Shute End Mall Gallery, Town Hall Information Centre, Carnival Pool Leisure Centre and at Wokingham Library.
People have until Friday 15 September to submit their comments on the scheme as part of the statutory planning process.
20 JULY 2017
Check out our latest update photo showing just how quickly the steel frame is going up at Peach Place
11 JULY 2017
Installation of the Peach Place steelworks continues apace
03 JULY 2017
Work starts this week on building the steel frames for the new buildings at Peach Place. Keep an eye out here for photos showing progress over the coming weeks
27 JUNE 2017
Cllr Stuart Munro and Cllr Philip Mirfin went on site this morning to find out more about what's happening at Peach Place in their new roles as Executive Member and Deputy Executive Member for Business and Economic Development and Regeneration.
20 JUNE 2017
Foundation work continues across Peach Place
15 JUNE 2017
This morning saw the opening of the new Carnival multi-storey car park. You can find out more about the town's car parks on the council's website.
The new car park operates a number plate recognition system where you pay on exit rather than when you arrive. Visitors to the Carnival Pool Leisure Centre may claim a refund of up to two hours free parking.
12 JUNE 2017
With the lane closure now removed Peach Street is now fully reopened alongside the development. Luckley Path will remain shut for safety whilst the opposite footpath is closed.
09 JUNE 2017
Final preparations are taking place ready for the removal of the Peach Street lane restriction for Monday 12 June. There will be an overnight road closure of Peach Street from 10pm Sunday 11 to 6am Monday 12 of June to remove the safety bollards. You can find out more on the latest news section of the website.
05 JUNE 2017
The new Carnival multi-storey car park is due to open on Thursday June 15. The new access road has been completed, there's brand new signage at the entrance to the site along with recently cut back greenery to improve visibility when leaving the site, and work has already started to fit out the brand new Wokingham Superbowl unit. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect.
02 JUNE 2017
Work continues to install wooden hoardings along Peach Street in preparation for the lane restriction to be removed for June 12.
30 MAY 2017
Overnight works are scheduled to take place on the Carnival site this evening to re-surface part of the existing access road adjacent to the pool and Burger King. These essential works are part of final preparations ready to open the new Carnival multi-storey car park on the 15 June.
As the work will require the temporary restriction of access to the site it needs to be carried out outside of the normal working hours of the businesses on site including the Carnival Pool, West Forest Gate and Burger King.
Neighbouring residents have been notified in advance.
22 MAY 2017
With the main demolition out of the way work has started on constructing the new properties which will face onto Peach Street and into the new square.
Monday 22 May saw the first pour of concrete on site ready for steelwork to start going up in mid June.
17 MAY 2017
Dawnus have now taken control of part of the Marks & Spencer car park adjacent to the site. This will allow them to carry out further archaeological investigations, final demolition works and commence construction of the new units along Peach Street.
16 MAY 2017
Work has been carried out to cut back greenery around the entrance of the Carnival site in preparation for the car park opening next month.
Brand new signage will also be installed shortly to highlight the businesses on site.
09 MAY 2017
Advanced warning signage has gone up along Rose Street today.
Work starts in Rose Street next Monday (May 15) to connect the Peach Place development to the drainage network. Work is expected to take up to six weeks, with temporary lane restrictions in place where trenches are dug. Works are being carried out in sections to ensure two way traffic can be maintained along Rose Street throughout this period.
08 MAY 2017
Contractors have started preparing the former John Wood Sports unit in Market Place for a brand new tenant, Boots Opticians.
05 MAY 2017
The archaeologists have been out on site again looking at the history of Peach Place.
Today they had some extra guests from the Wokingham Society and some of our local Residents Associations.
04 MAY 2017
Work to remove floor slabs and foundations of demolished buildings continues across Peach Place
28 APRIL 2017
Carnival Phase 2 proposals were published today for public engagement.
You can find out more about them and how to comment on the engagement page of the website
28 APRIL 2017
Cladding of the new Carnival car park continues as part of the work to complete the main construction.
25 APRIL 2017
Work continues to clear the site now the main demolition has been completed
15 APRIL 2017
With scaffolding and netting along Peach Street removed the extent of demolition works on site has now been revealed. Work continues to finish demolition and party wall works across the site.
11 APRIL 2017
Scaffolding along Peach Street has started to come down as the demolition of the upper floors has been completed
05 APRIL 2017
The new Carnival multi-storey car park is really taking shape ready for completion end May. Work continues to finish installing cladding and brickwork is starting to go up around the concrete stair and lift cores. Check out the photo below showing the view of the car park from the bridge and the view from near the pool entrance which is beginning to look just like the original architects impression CGI.
And the original CGI
22 MARCH 2017
Demolition works ramp up today as work begins to take down the buildings along Peach Street.
Dawnus has also started work on creating a new vehicle access for the site to enable lorries to enter and exit the site safely during the demolition works. A dropped kerb has already been installed and the new entrance will be created by removing part of the brick wall adjacent to Rose Street.
A temporary footpath closure will be in place whilst this work is completed and the footpath should be reopened by next week. Pedestrians should cross to the other side whilst the footpath is closed
21 MARCH 2017
This afternoon a group of local Wokingham Borough Council and Wokingham Town Council Members went on site to view progress at the Carnival car park.
Here are some photos showing how work is progressing and how the cladding is being added to the steel frame.
16 MARCH 2017
Here is the latest time lapse camera footage for Carnival. We've also installed cameras at Peach Place so keep an eye out for our first footage later this spring.
13 MARCH 2017
Work on the new multi-storey car park at Carnival continues to progress well with the wooden cladding starting to go up on the steel frame.
10 MARCH 2017
Demolition of the old 1960's block along Peach Street is moving forward quickly with removal of asbestos well underway and shop fronts being removed.
The photos below show the former Clintons unit and the Arcade where walls are being removed as part of the ongoing preparations for the major demolition works to start the W/C March 20.
09 MARCH 2017
Check out the latest Dawnus Peach Place newsletter.
27 FEBRUARY 2017
The Peach Street single lane closure, and closure of Luckley Path, started this morning. Peach Street will remain reduced to one lane for 15 weeks until early June. No diversion route has been put in place as Peach Street remains open to all traffic.
The closure will allow us to complete preparatory works and then start major demolition from the 20 March.
20 FEBRUARY 2017
We've updated the Peach Place delivery and programme page to include details of the approaching lane closures and demolition phase works.
13 FEBRUARY 2017
Work continues to progress well at Peach Place with the Peach Street footpath closure put in place this morning.
This closure is part of the preparatory works for demolishing the units along Peach Street and will allow for the stripping out of the shop units and frontages. The demolition phase will also see the Peach Street lane adjacent to the units close on February 27, scaffolding go up in early March, and main demolition works start March 20.
10 FEBRUARY 2017
Check out the latest footage from the Carnival time lapse camera
03 FEBRUARY 2017
Construction continues at the new Carnival multi-storey car park. The picture below shows the view of the top deck of the car park. The car park is due to open in May 2017.
25 JANUARY 2017
We're having a bit of trouble with our website this week so please bear with us.
Yesterday the Council announced the signing of Aldi as the foodstore operator for Elms Field. For further information see our press release on the Council's main website here. We also released further information on the works at Peach Place, including more detail on the planned lane closure. For more information see our press release on the Council's main website here.
Earlier this week Cllr. Mark Ashwell joined Richard Nixon, Operations Director from contractor Dawnus, on site at Peach Place to see the early progress on site for himself.
11 JANUARY 2017
Here's some latest photos from the Carnival site where work on the new car park is progressing well with the steelwork taking shape and slabs going down to show the different levels
10 JANUARY 2017
Tuesday 10th saw Balfour Beatty take some time off from building the new multi-storey car park at Carnival to go visit the Evendons School.
Ivor Goodsite had lots of fun talking to local children about the work going on at the Carnival site and about safety issues on construction sites.
09 JANUARY 2017
Work formally started at Peach Place this morning with the handover of the site to Dawnus Construction Ltd.
The Rose Street car park has now permanently closed but there is plenty of alternative parking in the town centre. You can find out more about locations on our Parking in Wokingham page
We've also installed images and signage around the Dawnus site office in Bush Walk and the empty units in Peach Street to remind people about what we creating and the different phasing of the Regeneration works across the town centre.
03 JANUARY 2017
There's lots of visible changes to Wokingham's high street this week as the final businesses in units affected by the redevelopment of Peach Place start to move out and hand back the keys to their units.
Over the past five years, the Council has worked closely with a range of new local businesses, start-ups and community groups to make sure there has been lots to see and do in Wokingham's town centre. The approach to these regeneration lets has worked well with many of the businesses who took on short term leases for Peach Place units, working with the Council's support to find permanent homes within the town centre.
In addition to those who have already relocated such as Sanpa, Helen & Douglas House, Vitality Health Care, MAC the barbers and Dragon Nails, you will also see a few more names re-launching elsewhere in the coming months as they finalise leases and complete fit out of their shops.
In the short term we will be using the windows of the empty units, and the Dawnus site office on Bush Walk to share a range of information and images about the Peach Place scheme.
16 DECEMBER 2016
Here's the latest photo from on site at the Carnival Pool where work on the steel frame and floor is progressing apace
13 DECEMBER 2016
Preparations to start work at Peach Place on 9th January are going well, with the former Domino's Pizza unit currently being converted into Dawnus' site office. Signage has also gone up around the Rose Street car park to remind people that it will be closed from midnight on the 8th January and all cars must be removed before Monday 9th January.
06 DECEMBER 2016
Watch the steel frame going up at high speed in our November footage from the Carnival time-lapse camera
30 NOVEMBER 2016
Work on the new Carnival Pool multi-storey car park is progressing really well. Here's some new photos showing how the steel frame is going up on site
21 NOVEMBER 2016
Wokingham Borough Council has confirmed the appointment of Dawnus Construction Ltd as main contractor for the delivery of Peach Place.
You can find out more on the latest news page of the website
18 NOVEMBER 2016
Check out the first footage from the Carnival Pool time-lapse camera which shows what's been happening on site from June to the end of October.
17 NOVEMBER 2016
With the central stair and lift core in place work has started on constructing the steel frame for the new Carnival Pool multi-storey car park.
02 NOVEMBER 2016
Work continues to go well at the Carnival Pool site with the central stair and lift cores starting to be installed.
Check out the latest photos taken on site, showing the core being craned into place this morning.
24 OCTOBER 2016
Exciting designs for the new Elms Field play area have been published as part of a public engagement event. Local people have until Sunday November 13 to submit their comments. Find out more about the designs and how you can comment on the Engagement page of the website.
11 OCTOBER 2016
Work to refurbish Bush Walk has completed with a soft colour palette used for decorating within the Walk and signage marking this listed walk having been rehung in Market Place.
29 SEPTEMBER 2016
Further success for the Regeneration Team as Wokingham Borough Council receives the only Commendation in the 2016 RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence in the Economically Successful Places category
26 September 2016
Piling of the main foundations has now completed and work has begun to complete the foundations, pour concrete and erect building cores over the next few months.
15 September 2016
Over the next few days the Council will be carrying out some footfall monitoring within the town centre.
Cameras have gone up to help count visitor numbers on Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th September. This is the first of several counts which will be conducted over the coming years to monitor footfall numbers before, during and after the regeneration projects are delivered.
9 September 2016
The scaffolding has come down at Bush Walk to reveal the recently refurbished frontage onto Market Place.
Redecoration work on the listed walk continues over the coming month.
22 August 2016
New viewing windows and information boards have gone up around the hoardings at the Carnival Pool to allow people to find out more about what is happening on site.
10 August 2016
Check out some of the latest photos from the Carnival Pool site visit when Cllr Mark Ashwell, Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, came to have a look at the new piling rig in action.
20 July 2016
Ground works continue to progress well at the Carnival Pool site ready for foundation work in August.
6 July 2016
Council receives confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Peach Place as part of the ongoing preparations for starting work in early 2017.
You can view the CPO documents on the website on the Peach Place project page
4 July 2016
Work on the new car park at the Carnival Pool is progressing well with site hoardings in place, initial ground works started and as series of archaeological surveys underway.
30 June 2016
Process of securing a Highways Stopping Up Order for Elms Field commences with the Department for Transport.
24 June 2016
Scaffolding has gone up around Bush Walk as part of a programme of maintenance and repair work over the summer. Bush Walk will become one of the key routes linking the improved Market Place to the new Peach Place square.
All Bush Walk businesses remain open as usual throughout the works.
6 June 2016
Phase 1 of the Carnival Pool Regeneration started today with the closure of the car park .
Initial works include the creation of new disabled parking spaces directly outside the leisure centre entrance, the setting up of Balfour Beatty's site facilities and the eventual fencing off of the car park to prevent access to the site.