Since securing planning consent for the redevelopment of Peach Place last year, Wokingham Borough Council has been working hard to get everything ready to start on site in early 2017.
As part of this preparatory work the borough council has continued to engage with local people to help develop detailed designs for how the space will feel and be used.
The first part of this work was carried out last November with a workshop looking at the functionality and landscaping of public spaces, focusing in on Market Place and Peach Place. Following on from this the council is holding a further public workshop to discuss how the new Peach Place buildings will look.
Cllr Mark Ashwell, deputy executive member for regeneration and communities, said: "It's been really great working closely with local residents looking in more detail about the designs. We had some good feedback from local residents and groups from the last event. Some exciting ideas have come out of that to shape the new spaces and how they will be used."
This latest workshop will allow residents to discuss the approach to the facades and shop fronts of the scheme, both facing into the new pedestrianised square and out onto Peach Street and Rose Street. The workshop will offer the opportunity to look at details such as the type of brickwork and render to be used for the buildings, elements such as windows and a discussion about the approach to shop front design within the schemes units.
The workshop has been organised for Wednesday January 27 from 7pm to 9pm at Wokingham Town Hall. The event will start with a presentation before moving onto a participatory workshop where groups will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas. Feedback from the workshop will be used to help finalise the designs ready to start development in early 2017.