Sutton station path to close next week as work starts on three town centre projects

How the side entrance to the station will look in the summer

How the side entrance to the station will look in the summer

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Three developments that are set to transform the town centre are underway.

Work on the Sutton station gateway project, nearby Sutton Point and the plans to demolish the Brighton Road car park have begun in the last few days.

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How Sutton Point will look

A joint project between Sutton Council, Southern Railway, Network Rail and Transport for London will make significant changes to the station and the area around it.

After a public consultation, work on the project has now begun with the path that runs from Brighton Road to the steps and ramp outside Quadrant House due to close on Monday while work to open the side entrance begins.

This element of the project is set to be complete in the summer with commuters heading to Quadrant House having to walk along Brighton Road and then into the Quadrant.

Other alterations to the area at the front of the station will be completed later in the year.

Councillor Simon Wales, chairman of the Sutton station gateway board, said: "Opening up the side entrance to the station will make it quicker, easier and safer to get in and out, buy tickets and get on a train, and I look forward to seeing the improvements later in the year."

A hoarding has gone up around the Sutton Point site in Sutton Court Road as developer CNM Estates prepares to start work on a project to build Sutton's tallest tower alongside two smaller towers in a development comprising flats, shops a hotel and a tram stop.

James Robson, associate director of CNM Estates, said: "The hoarding's gone up while we tidy up the site and do some internal works.

"We'll be full on the site in the third quarter of the year and then we're hoping for a 30 month build."

Meanwhile sheets have gone up around the Brighton Road car park as engineering company Subsea 7 start work to demolish it to make space for a new state-of-the-art office block.

Sutton Guardian: SubSea 7's plans for new offices in the Brighton Road car park

Subsea 7's plans for Brighton Road

Both the Sutton Point and Brighton Road car park projects were subject to court bids to block them but they were rejected.


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8:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

charlesmcg says...

The good news on the redevelopment of Sutton Town Centre continues. We now have real evidence of major activity on the UCB House site, commencement of demolition of the Brighton Road Car Park, hoarding erection and activity on the CNM Sutton Point site and Railway Station area improvement works under way. Lumina Estates has bought the Time Square Shopping Centre for £13m and has already commenced plans for a major overhaul and upgrade (EXCLUSIVE, the Guardian has not reported this yet!!). Quadrant House has been sold to a Qatari buyer with presumably an eye to future conversion to residential after Subsea 7 leave. LXB have planning permission to redevelop the old Gas Holder Site with a Sainsbury’s, a public square with fountain and lots of residential. I am not sure about Sutherland House. I don’t think it will go down Permitted Development route because they have to change/update the façade. I imagine its about to submit another Planning Update or otherwise up for sale. All in all, Sutton has more major development activity than any other similar sized local town and that is something we should all feel proud about. We will need associated increases in local infrastructure to match this new development, so increased capacity in Medical and Healthcare (Doctor surgeries, clinics, etc) and more school places, plus Trams, more buses and improvements to critical road junctions. We will have more rubbish and waste to deal with and we should be planning extra recycling capacity or otherwise forcing new developments to produce less waste or to recycle more. Lastly we should be preserving our green spaces and adding to our ecological diversity.
The good news on the redevelopment of Sutton Town Centre continues. We now have real evidence of major activity on the UCB House site, commencement of demolition of the Brighton Road Car Park, hoarding erection and activity on the CNM Sutton Point site and Railway Station area improvement works under way. Lumina Estates has bought the Time Square Shopping Centre for £13m and has already commenced plans for a major overhaul and upgrade (EXCLUSIVE, the Guardian has not reported this yet!!). Quadrant House has been sold to a Qatari buyer with presumably an eye to future conversion to residential after Subsea 7 leave. LXB have planning permission to redevelop the old Gas Holder Site with a Sainsbury’s, a public square with fountain and lots of residential. I am not sure about Sutherland House. I don’t think it will go down Permitted Development route because they have to change/update the façade. I imagine its about to submit another Planning Update or otherwise up for sale. All in all, Sutton has more major development activity than any other similar sized local town and that is something we should all feel proud about. We will need associated increases in local infrastructure to match this new development, so increased capacity in Medical and Healthcare (Doctor surgeries, clinics, etc) and more school places, plus Trams, more buses and improvements to critical road junctions. We will have more rubbish and waste to deal with and we should be planning extra recycling capacity or otherwise forcing new developments to produce less waste or to recycle more. Lastly we should be preserving our green spaces and adding to our ecological diversity. charlesmcg
  • Score: 22

11:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Central-Sutton-resident says...

Great summation Charles. Hese are all beneficial projects for sutton which will be transformed over the coming comes.

My major concern is if corresponding investment by southern in train services to London - specifically London bridge - will be forthcoming. It appears the new train only seem to be serving victoria. This will me key in getting those workers to move to the area.
Great summation Charles. Hese are all beneficial projects for sutton which will be transformed over the coming comes. My major concern is if corresponding investment by southern in train services to London - specifically London bridge - will be forthcoming. It appears the new train only seem to be serving victoria. This will me key in getting those workers to move to the area. Central-Sutton-resident
  • Score: 9

11:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Resident Patrick says...

Subsea 7 have made a much better job of the perimeter fence to the former Brighton Road car park than the Council did, now the works are finally underway. In contrast to the ugly, precarious and battered "rent-a-fence" solution which allegedly cost the local taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds over many weeks, Subsea 7 have erected a more secure and rather attractive green fence which blends in better with the local surroundings. Gone are the enormous concrete support slabs too which would have come in very useful for anyone considering to climb over the previous rent-a-fence shambles.
Subsea 7 have made a much better job of the perimeter fence to the former Brighton Road car park than the Council did, now the works are finally underway. In contrast to the ugly, precarious and battered "rent-a-fence" solution which allegedly cost the local taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds over many weeks, Subsea 7 have erected a more secure and rather attractive green fence which blends in better with the local surroundings. Gone are the enormous concrete support slabs too which would have come in very useful for anyone considering to climb over the previous rent-a-fence shambles. Resident Patrick
  • Score: 2

8:14am Thu 3 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

What the hell is the "Sutton Station gateway board"
Another opportunity to get some noses in the trough no doubt
What the hell is the "Sutton Station gateway board" Another opportunity to get some noses in the trough no doubt LiberalsOut
  • Score: -14

1:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ResidentTony says...

charlesmcg wrote:
The good news on the redevelopment of Sutton Town Centre continues. We now have real evidence of major activity on the UCB House site, commencement of demolition of the Brighton Road Car Park, hoarding erection and activity on the CNM Sutton Point site and Railway Station area improvement works under way. Lumina Estates has bought the Time Square Shopping Centre for £13m and has already commenced plans for a major overhaul and upgrade (EXCLUSIVE, the Guardian has not reported this yet!!). Quadrant House has been sold to a Qatari buyer with presumably an eye to future conversion to residential after Subsea 7 leave. LXB have planning permission to redevelop the old Gas Holder Site with a Sainsbury’s, a public square with fountain and lots of residential. I am not sure about Sutherland House. I don’t think it will go down Permitted Development route because they have to change/update the façade. I imagine its about to submit another Planning Update or otherwise up for sale. All in all, Sutton has more major development activity than any other similar sized local town and that is something we should all feel proud about. We will need associated increases in local infrastructure to match this new development, so increased capacity in Medical and Healthcare (Doctor surgeries, clinics, etc) and more school places, plus Trams, more buses and improvements to critical road junctions. We will have more rubbish and waste to deal with and we should be planning extra recycling capacity or otherwise forcing new developments to produce less waste or to recycle more. Lastly we should be preserving our green spaces and adding to our ecological diversity.
Thanks for the intelligence on the plans for Times Square, which are not covered in the paper.

More generally, it is gratifying to see all the plans coming together nicely. We can be pleased that all the new architecture is slick and stylish, and that none of the town's attractive period building stock is being sacrificed to achieve this regeneration. A win-win result for everyone in Sutton.
[quote][p][bold]charlesmcg[/bold] wrote: The good news on the redevelopment of Sutton Town Centre continues. We now have real evidence of major activity on the UCB House site, commencement of demolition of the Brighton Road Car Park, hoarding erection and activity on the CNM Sutton Point site and Railway Station area improvement works under way. Lumina Estates has bought the Time Square Shopping Centre for £13m and has already commenced plans for a major overhaul and upgrade (EXCLUSIVE, the Guardian has not reported this yet!!). Quadrant House has been sold to a Qatari buyer with presumably an eye to future conversion to residential after Subsea 7 leave. LXB have planning permission to redevelop the old Gas Holder Site with a Sainsbury’s, a public square with fountain and lots of residential. I am not sure about Sutherland House. I don’t think it will go down Permitted Development route because they have to change/update the façade. I imagine its about to submit another Planning Update or otherwise up for sale. All in all, Sutton has more major development activity than any other similar sized local town and that is something we should all feel proud about. We will need associated increases in local infrastructure to match this new development, so increased capacity in Medical and Healthcare (Doctor surgeries, clinics, etc) and more school places, plus Trams, more buses and improvements to critical road junctions. We will have more rubbish and waste to deal with and we should be planning extra recycling capacity or otherwise forcing new developments to produce less waste or to recycle more. Lastly we should be preserving our green spaces and adding to our ecological diversity.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the intelligence on the plans for Times Square, which are not covered in the paper. More generally, it is gratifying to see all the plans coming together nicely. We can be pleased that all the new architecture is slick and stylish, and that none of the town's attractive period building stock is being sacrificed to achieve this regeneration. A win-win result for everyone in Sutton. ResidentTony
  • Score: 20

9:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

charlesmcg says...

LiberalsOut wrote:
What the hell is the "Sutton Station gateway board"
Another opportunity to get some noses in the trough no doubt
LiberalsOut,
I really don't understand your continual politicisation of every major Borough issue, often with inane comments, such as the above. If you were following local politics and development issues you would know that Gateway Board is responsible for a considerable budget and has had a number of open meetings and exhibitions leading to the significant change to the railway Station area over the coming months. I have attended one of the meetings and did not see any 'noses in the trough'. rather, I saw a number of folk working hard to improve the Town Centre both for locals, workers and commuters.
[quote][p][bold]LiberalsOut[/bold] wrote: What the hell is the "Sutton Station gateway board" Another opportunity to get some noses in the trough no doubt[/p][/quote]LiberalsOut, I really don't understand your continual politicisation of every major Borough issue, often with inane comments, such as the above. If you were following local politics and development issues you would know that Gateway Board is responsible for a considerable budget and has had a number of open meetings and exhibitions leading to the significant change to the railway Station area over the coming months. I have attended one of the meetings and did not see any 'noses in the trough'. rather, I saw a number of folk working hard to improve the Town Centre both for locals, workers and commuters. charlesmcg
  • Score: 11

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