Plans to turn Bracknell Town Centre into a social and cultural heart for the borough have taken a step forward with the announcement of an ?8m investment in public spaces across The Lexicon Bracknell.
The new town centre will include three new soft green landscaped spaces, designed to facilitate events and entertainment while also acting as central meeting points to bring visitors together.
Town Square, situated by Easthampstead House, will be a primarily green space offering outdoor terrace seating and an array of street furniture including benches, sculptural seats and cycle stands.
Linking Waitrose to the new town centre, Bond Square’s open green space and amphitheatre style seating wall will provide an ideal event space.
Station Green will provide a picnic perfect spot offering a relaxing grassy area away from the hustle and bustle.
Located on a current area of scrubland, between Market Street and Station Road, the area is around 0.42 hectares (4,200sqm) – around the same size as a small football pitch.
The site will be transformed through three months of landscaping work by Bracknell Forest Council and its contractors. It will include new plant beds, trees, pathways, lighting and soft landscaping as well as significant work to level out the site.
Simon Russian, Development Manager for Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, comments: "These three spaces are key in our aim to provide a vibrant and welcoming destination where visitors to the town can meet and spark conversation, which is the inspiration behind The Lexicon Bracknell.
"Each area will use soft, modern materials as well as trees and plants that will create an aesthetically pleasing journey and tie the new town centre to the remaining elements of the old Bracknell.
"The opportunity for Bond Square to be used for events is particularly exciting and visitors will be able to sit on the new stops in between Marks & Spencer and Waitrose to enjoy and dwell in this area."
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We’ve always said that our regenerated town centre will be more than just shops and this work will provide another dimension to The Lexicon, bringing greenery, landscaping and entertainment space to our new social and cultural heart. It will provide welcoming public spaces for people to meet, socialise and be entertained.
"It will also complement the softening of Bracknell town centre’s architecture and will bring our much-loved green forest into the town centre for residents and visitors to enjoy."