Information Boards

As some of you may have noticed, site information has also recently been               installed on the hoardings, which includes contact details and information to find out more. See the photos attached for a sneak preview but be sure to check them out for yourself!

We would also like to thank all those that stopped to talk to us. We had some     great conversations with both passers by and local businesses and will use the    insights gained going forward.

We continue to encourage those who are interested in Botanical Place, the retail and amenity spaces or residential, to get in touch.

Keep your eyes peeled for some further updates regarding marketing in the          coming weeks!

Site Update

We are pleased to confirm that earlier last month, UKPN cut power to the old substation. The substation has now been decommissioned and will be demolished in the next week or so. Residents and local businesses were unaffected by the activities of UKPN.

Progress update

Over the past couple of months the team at Squibb have progressed quickly with the demolition works, processing concrete using the infamous ‘muncher and crusher’ machines and recycling site spoil into useful aggregate. In the coming weeks the demolition will draw to a close and Squibb will begin to wrap up their presence on site. The removal of a tree stump on Station Approach and the erection of new hoarding are among the final things on their agenda before they bid farewell.

Inspiring the next generation 

Two weeks ago, as part of their ‘Let’s Explore’ topic, reception classes from West Byfleet Infant School visited the Sheer House redevelopment site. Their teacher very kindly shared some of their drawings and told us what the children had to say about their trip to site!

“The digger knocked down the old building. The builders were nice, we waved at them and they waved back!”

“The digger is scooping the old building out. I am excited about the new one!”

“They knocked down the library… but the books weren’t there anymore… they are moving them to a new library.”

The demolition team from Squibb Group enjoyed meeting the enthusiastic children and hearing what they had to say about the site!

Car park closure and alternative parking arrangements

When walking around the site this week, some of you may have spotted several notices alerting to the planned closure of Sheer House car park from the end of this month. 
 
We understand that this may be disappointing for those who use the car park and we apologise for any inconvenience. Nevertheless, the project team have been working closely with Woking Borough Council and South Western Railway to secure alternative parking at West Byfleet Station at a reduced tariff. 

The new reduced tariffs, which can be found below, will apply from 10:00am on weekdays and all day on weekends:   
 
• 1 hour – £0.80 
• 2 hours – £1.60 
• 3 hours – £2.40 
• 4 hours – £3.20 

 
If you have any queries or concerns regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details below. 

Progress update

Squibb’s demolition team has spent the past two weeks carefully removing four layers of bitumen and insulation that had been applied to the main Sheer House building’s roof over its lifespan. This process, while time-consuming, is vital to ensure a smooth demolition and prevent these materials from being expelled into the wider area. 

The team have now also finished removing the concrete panels which formed the external façade of the building, including on the side of Sheer House facing Station Approach. You may have also seen a mobile tower crane in the area last week, which was used to remove the external fire escape on the side facing Station Approach. These two vital tasks were carried out prior to demolition, due to their location and proximity to adjacent properties allowing full control over the wider demolition of the main structure. 
 
As a result of these safety actions, the high reach demolition of the building is now well underway, shown in the image below.

Woking College’s Botanical mural is revealed…

Blue skies made a perfect backdrop today for the botanical mural that has been newly affixed upon the hoardings along Station Approach. Some of the students and staff from Woking College were able to pop along to see their hard work in all its glory, positioned at its new home in front of the Sheer House site. 
Surrey artist Nathalie Beauvillain Scott, Woking College students and Squibb site manager, Tony.
Between exams and their final year exhibitions, art students at Woking College have been lending their creative talents to help add character and artistic flair to the site’s hoardings. Drawing inspiration from the village’s rich local history in producing essential oils, the mural spans an impressive 27 meters…
It’s all in the detail… students reference West Byfleet’s rich botanical history with lavender fields.  

‘Goodbye Sheer House, Hello West Byfleet!’

We are as excited as local people to see some of the changes happening on site. Many of you may have noticed the new monarflex scaffold sheeting around the site’s main building this week. As well as helping to internalise dust, noise and debris from the demolition phase, we hope the new monarflex encapsulates our vision of  working closely with the West Byfleet community throughout the project and beyond.
Woking College art students

Inspired by West Byfleet’s botanical heritage, Art students at nearby Woking College have been getting creative… Working with local Artist, Nathalie Beauvillain Scott, the students have designed a botanical-themed mural, which pays homage to West Byfleet’s rich history. With references to the fields of aromatic botanicals, what we would now call essential oils.

We have been blown away by the students’ talent and cannot wait to see the final designs.  

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website. More will be revealed over the coming days…  

Progress update

Some of you may have noticed activity around West Byfleet station at the start of the week. Three much-loved concrete planters, which were previously located at the Sheer House site, have been granted a new lease of life at West Byfleet railway station. Rather than letting them go to waste, the project team arranged for the planters to be given a new home. Hosted by South Western Railway and the West Byfleet station team, the planters will be kept blooming by the West Byfleet Community Gardening Group. The re-homing of the planters is part of a much wider initiative by RVG to reduce waste as much as possible. You can read more about the demolition process and the project team’s approach in the next issue of The Resident magazine (No. 167).
The high reach excavator, which recently arrived on site, commenced enabling works on Friday. These works are to facilitate the relocation of another machine, so that the demolition can commence on schedule on Monday 12 July. Some people may have noticed cores being drilled into the concrete panels that form the external walls of Sheer House. These holes are so that straps can be inserted and the panels removed safely, using a sling.

Progress update

Some of you have been asking for more details on the safe removal of asbestos which we would like to provide an overview on. With health and safety paramount, our licensed asbestos removal team have been following strict protocols on-site.

Prior to the demolition, an asbestos survey was carried out by a licensed surveyor. This involved taking samples and sending them to a lab for testing. This allows us to identify what type of asbestos it is to ensure we carry out the correct removal procedures. 

Asbestos removal then falls into two categories: notifiable and non-notifiable. 

On a project like this where you have lots of different buildings, you nearly always find both, which we did. In the case of notifiable asbestos being detected, The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) are always notified. 

The team have now set out to work under an ASB5 notification from the HSE to remove the notifiable asbestos, with the following measures taken on site: 

•Sealed negative pressure enclosures are built in each area, preventing any risk of exposure. 

•Specially trained guys inside wear disposable overalls with full face breathing apparatus. 

•A decontamination unit is in place, which the workers use after every session. 

•All arising asbestos waste is double bagged in the sealed enclosure and locked in the sealed waste skip every night until it is taken to an asbestos waste transfer station. 

We are pleased with the progress Squibb has been making on-site and feel reassured by their specialist contractors who are highly experienced in removing asbestos. 

In other news, thanks to feedback from members of the community, we are aware of local sentiment towards the concrete planters and are working with the site team to find a solution that allows them to continue to be enjoyed.