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Green light for Broadway Malyan’s Woking tower

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Broadway Malyan has been given the go-ahead for a 12-storey residential tower on a derelict site in Surrey 

The AJ100 practice’s scheme for the plot occupied by the long-closed Rat and Parrot pub in Woking town centre was approved by local councillors.

The building – for site owners Michael Watkin and Charles Lewczynski – will create 68 apartments.

It will feature a mix of studio, two-bed and three-bed homes. The four penthouse apartments will have access to a roof terrace.

Broadway Malyan project lead Ben Somner said: ‘Commuter towns like Woking are set to experience significant population growth over the next two decades and developing prime brownfield sites will be key to meeting housing targets while also helping to creating a vibrant and attractive town centre that meets the growing demand for urban living.

‘The proposed scheme offers a strong architectural statement along a key gateway into the town with the sense of street significantly improved through the design detail of the building, high-quality landscaping and active frontages to the street, creating an open and sociable development.’

Somner said the design created a ‘contemporary but sensitive’ development that responded to the local context.

‘By reducing the height of the east and west wings, the building appears more elegant and vertical than a typical rectilinear block,’ he added.

‘Cutting out of the corners of the building has also helped increase the area of façade available for windows with the majority of balconies orientated to receive as much direct sunlight as possible as well as offering fantastic views across the town.’

Broadway Malyan's scheme for the former Rat and Parrot site in Woking will feature a mix of one, two and three-bed homes

broadway malyan rat and parrot woking floor plans

Broadway Malyan’s scheme for the former Rat and Parrot site in Woking will feature a mix of one, two and three-bed homes

Project Information

Location Woking, Surrey
Type of project Residential
Client Michael Watkin and Charles Lewczynski
Architect Broadway Malyan
Landscape architect Broadway Malyan
Planning consultant WYG
M&E consultant THD Consulting
Gross internal floor area 5,179m²

Broadway Malyan's scheme for the former Rat and Parrot site in Woking will feature a mix of one, two and three-bed homes

broadway malyan rat and parrot woking sketch

Broadway Malyan’s scheme for the former Rat and Parrot site in Woking will feature a mix of one, two and three-bed homes

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