The Crest & the Atrium

Mixed use town centre redevelopment
  • Client: Crest Nicholson Regeneration
  • Location: Camberley
  • Sector: Residential
  • Size: 217 apartments, a nine-screen cinema, a bowling alley, 120,000 sqft of new retail accommodation and 900 car parking spaces
  • Value: £100 million
  • Status: Completed


This extensive scheme is designed to create as seamless a transition as possible between the predominantly residential neighbourhoods on the fringes of the site and the new town centre environment. Links with the existing retail centre of Main Square will be enhanced by the new pedestrianisation proposals for Park Street and other landscape and public realm improvements around the site.

The leisure uses which include a multiplex cinema, bowling, health and fitness and restaurants are linked together by a naturally lit central atrium that uses passive thermal controls with a solar wall and etfe foil roof to assist tempering the internal public areas. Central to the concept was to make the Atrium the hub of the development providing both a unique destination and a memorable arrival point for the town.

The residential element with 217 flats, 55 of which are affordable and key worker units, creates the transition between the garden city environment bounding the south and western approaches to the site and the urban life style concept of the new development.