Liberal Democrat Councillors welcome long overdue investment in Quadrant House
Last week Tandridge District Council submitted proposals to upgrade Quadrant House in Caterham Valley. The plans form part of a £4.9m investment from Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership to support economic growth and development in Caterham Valley. The proposals include a complete revamp to the outside of the building, signage update, the addition of a roof terrace with landscaping, and the introduction of a living wall.
Specifically, the plans include adding a solar array to the roof and improving the buildings thermal insulation which will reduce carbon intensity of the building by over 60%, whilst the living wall will accommodate biodiversity and vastly enhance attractiveness of the street scene.
Cllr Alun Jones says “These plans are long overdue. It was vital to preserve Quadrant House as office space - this helps to ensure local shops have sufficient customers during the day time in the working week. The building is dated and has been in desperate need of a facelift. I have been in constant contact with the council since they bought the site, helping to develop the plans. The investment will transform the building from drab and outdated into something our town can really be proud of.”
“The Workery which is part of Wimbletech have recently opened in the building offering co-working space for start-up local businesses. This is the first of many exciting businesses choosing to base themselves in Caterham Valley thanks to this huge investment.”
Annette Evans, member of Caterham Valley Parish Council Planning committee says “the reduction in carbon emissions from the building as a result of the work, will make this one of the greenest buildings in Caterham. The roof terrace will transform the working environment from drab office to an exciting place in which to work. Attracting businesses to the town centre is the best way to ensure vibrancy. I will be fully supporting these plans.”
Quadrant House was bought by the council for £14.5m in 2019 with an aim to both generate revenue for the council and preserve the space for offices following a plan by the previous owner to convert the block into flats under the governments permitted development rules.
The plans will be considered at the Planning Committee on 4th March 2021.