Published Tuesday, 5th February 2019

The demolition of outdated shops and flats in Cromwell Road, Redhill (Surrey) is underway to make way for 32 new homes and modern retail premises.

Cromwell Road shops and flats being demolished by a JCBThe work to demolish the Council-owned property at 16-46 Cromwell Road is being carried out by Portsmouth Demolition and Salvage Ltd.

It started with stripping out the buildings before they are knocked down this month (February 2019), followed by the removal of the foundations and site clearance during March.

For safety reasons, the pavement in front of the site will be closed during the work, which is due to finish by the end of March.

Construction of the flats and shops will start later in the summer and is expected to be complete in early 2021.

Regeneration ambition

Artist impression of the Cromwell Road redevelopment

Cllr Mrs Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Property and Acquisitions, said: “We have had a long-held ambition to improve this tired site as part of our wider regeneration of Redhill town centre, so it is great to see work getting underway.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience the project may cause. The end result will be a modern, attractive development that will create much-needed new homes, around half of which will be discounted so that they are more affordable for local people. The shops will also be more prominent and provide an ongoing rental income for the Council.”

The contractor has written to nearby residents to let them know about the works.

Once complete, around half the flats in the development are due to be sold as shared-equity homes, giving a 25% discount on the market value. In addition, the Council has contributed almost half a million pounds to fund affordable housing on a more suitable site to meet the variety of housing needs.