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									                                                          Gurkha Square – A fantastic opportunity for Fleet




              Gurkha Square – This could be the "Kick Start Site" that would start the revitalisation of Fleet
        This is an extremely important area for the town. Gurkha Square is the only open public           A major element in the rejuvenation of the Square is the replacement of the present                The further major feature of this area would be the provision of new housing.
        space in the High Street and its importance is compromised by its current use as a car            Council buildings with a new Civic Building. This could provide easier public access to            This could be in the form of new apartment buildings with basement parking and
        park. The Harlington Centre and library fronts it, whilst the Council offices are hidden           council services and include a new library and information centre. The Police and Citizens         would provide approximately 150 new residences adding to the ambience, life and
        behind. Also hidden away is The Views, which is an important recreational area in the             Advice Bureau could also be integrated and consideration may be given to incorporating             security of the area.
        town centre. The Vision here is to open this area up by pedestrianising the Square and            leisure facilities such as a bijou cinema.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Some additional housing also features in the area of St. James along Crookham
        giving it over to leisure and recreation with fountains, a play area, external dining and
                                                                                                          The parking displaced from the Square could be relocated to a larger facility located off          Road where the existing, sometimes derelict buildings, need to be replaced. The
        enhancement of the memorial. This could then provide an invigorating and shaded place
                                                                                                          Reading Road North that would be decked to provide additional space.                               proposal here could be for smaller family homes.
        to meet. From here there would be a direct pedestrian link to The Views with a traffic free
        crossing providing direct access. The current play area and skateboard facilities here could
        be repositioned and a possibility is to relocate "The Point", which is presently located in the
        Harlington Centre, to provide an improved social facility for the youth of Fleet.

                                          THE VIEWS


                                 CIVIC
                               BUILDING                                                                         Lighting - Creating an appealing place                                                             "Gurkha Square could
                               GURKHA
                               SQUARE
                                                                                                                                                                    A good lighting design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    act as the 'kick start'
                           FLEET ROAD

                                                                                                                                                                    can make the visual
                                                                                                                                                                    experience within
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for change in Fleet"
                                                                                                                                                                    a town both rich
                          ALBERT STREET
                                                                                                                                                                    and exciting.
                   Ghurka Square                                                                          Lighting has the power to reveal or conceal buildings, landscape and topographical features,
                                                                                                          define routes and boundaries and emphasise views and features.
                                                                                                          The future lighting strategy for Fleet town centre would aim to reduce unwanted light pollution
                                                                                                          and achieve significant reductions in energy and maintenance costs. New LED street lanterns
      "The Vision here is to open this area                                                               use up to 40% less energy than their standard lamp source counterparts, and have a focused
                                                                                                          distribution which can reduce light spill and pollution. Current products are being manufactured
       up by pedestrianising the Square                                                                   with the future in mind and will allow new, ever more efficient LED sources to be retro-fitted to
                                                                                                          extend life and efficiency.

       and giving it over to leisure and                                                                  But it is not enough for lighting to be technically compliant. If a lighting scheme is to be
                                                                                                          memorable it must also be aesthetically appealing. Lighting must stimulate, captivate and
       recreation with fountains,                                                                         inspire. It must appeal to the senses and please the eye; hi-light important landmarks,
                                                                                                          complement vista’s and hi-light key pedestrian routes. It is key to achieving an ambiance

       a play area, external dining and                                                                   of safety and security in the town centre.


       enhancement of the memorial"




                                                                                                                                                                 The future of Fleet Road

                             DenningMalePolisano
                             Chartered Architects
                                                                                                                                           Moving Fleet Forward

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