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GSoc Puts Down Design Marker re Solum’s Station Redevelopment and Building Height

12th November 2014

The Guildford Society (GSoc) says that Solum should reduce the height of its proposed redevelopment of Guildford Station and adopt better and distinctive design principles that are more sympathetic to Guildford’s County Town setting and heritage.
GSoc has submitted its comments to Solum ahead of the latter’s formal planning application, which is expected imminently. Solum invited a broad range of local interests and individuals to respond to its outline scheme via its website and through a series of face-to-face meetings.
GSoc also believes the proposals are premature in the context of emerging thinking and public consultation about the town centre, following the Council’s commissioning of masterplanners Allies & Morrison to draw up a Vision for Guildford.
“Guildford urgently needs an integrated transport solution,” says Julian Lyon, chair of GSoc. “This scheme has to be part of that and Network Rail, as part of Solum, should take an active role in bringing that about. Our town also needs major traffic improvements and vastly improved pedestrian links between the station, town centre, Cathedral and University. Whilst Solum’s latest scheme is much improved on its last, we remain concerned about the facades, height, and massing of the development especially as it sits on a direct line of sight from the castle to the Cathedral.”

To view GSoc's detailed position paper click here
To view Solum's website click here