Blackwell Park will bring approximately 1,800 new homes to West Guildford in a rich tapestry of high-quality designs, reflecting local styles and Surrey’s cultural heritage. Careful master planning will ensure layout, building heights and density sit comfortably within the existing green landscape.
Sustainable communities require accessible and affordable housing, from key workers and first time buyers, to families and retirees.
Properties will range from one bedroom flats, to detached family homes, to retirement living, all set within a well planned, landscape-led neighbourhood. Designed to high standards with the latest ecological technologies and materials, neighbourhoods will boast biodiverse public open space, electric charging points and with public transport on the doorstep, will form part of a low carbon, sustainable place to live and work.
We understand the positive effect of green spaces for wellbeing and our research continues to identify the priorities of local people. From high-school students to senior citizens, they have told us that the environment and green spaces are crucial to a place, and that enhancing green infrastructure offers the most potential for improving quality of life.
Blackwell Park will create a place that blends quality living with a measurable contribution to the natural environment. It will bring significant wellbeing benefits through landscaped areas, open green spaces, meadow walks, allotments, play areas, pedestrian routes, cycleways and bridleways, interlinked with water features and lakes, all within walking distance of home.
Biodiversity will be enhanced through the creation of high quality habitats that support wildlife, flora and fauna, alongside natural attractions for visitors such as play areas, boardwalks and orchards.
Blackwell Park’s emphasis is on place making, with both the community and environment at its core. It will boast a variety of facilities, services and recreation areas to bring a sense of belonging, instil community spirit and encourage civic pride and will link neighbouring communities, to improve outcomes for the whole area.
A school is the heart of any community and Blackwell Park’s new multifunctional primary school will nurture Guildford’s future talent and bring residents together to socialise and have fun. Healthy lifestyles will be encouraged by a new GP surgery, allotments to grow food, and a community centre, hosting an array of activities for young and old to enjoy.
Community spaces, play areas, and sports facilities will connect people, whilst shops and cafes will enable the daily rituals that help make a place a home. From the morning dog walk, to topping up the groceries, or meeting friends for lunch, Blackwell Park will be a place you will want to belong to.
Expanding an already thriving education, innovation and business ecosystem in West Guildford, Blackwell Park offers residents all kinds of career pathways. From school, to college, to training at a top UK University, or securing a job at one of Surrey Research Park’s leading businesses, graduates and young people have a bright future to look forward to here.
Employment is holistically designed into Blackwell Park’s plan and its ‘live here, work here’ principle will unlock a high quality lifestyle at an affordable price, without the commute. Working close to home will become the norm, with London and other major destinations just a short journey away by rail.
Approximately 10ha of University owned employment land is allocated to extend Surrey Research Park, which will attract major businesses and start-ups, ensuring new jobs are created alongside new homes in a vibrant community fit for the family and fit for the future.
Blackwell Park will prioritise people and make public transport a real alternative to the private car. Traffic congestion and parking issues in West Guildford will be reduced by the creation of a brand new access route off the A31 Farnham Road into Surrey Research Park, moving traffic away from the A3.
Enhanced sustainable transport routes into Guildford, new cycle and pedestrian links and a potential new rail halt will connect residents with everything the town has to offer, creating a forward thinking, accessible and people focused urban extension.
Homes will be connected by safe and attractive tree-lined streets, and link to extensive green spaces and countryside within Blackwell Park’s existing natural landscape, allowing for sustainable, healthy lifestyles.