The regeneration of Walton-on-Thames town centre, which was originally built in the 1960s, began when developers of The Heart, O&H Properties, acquired the site in 2004. Following the subsequent redevelopment of the area and £150 million investment, The Heart opened in 2006 and has become the centre of the Walton-on-Thames community.
The Heart complex comprises of a mixed-use development including 59 retail units, 279 apartments and a 799 space public car park, a gym, and a state of the art library, in a gross floor area of just under 1.1 million square feet.
The commercial and residential areas of The Heart come together to create a vibrant and attractive development that has added greatly to the Walton-on-Thames community. The location of the Heart, right next to the Walton-on-Thames High Street, provides a central area within the town centre.
The Heart’s award winning redevelopment is held up as a model for town centre redevelopment, with a number of city councils and local authorities aspiring to achieve what O&H has done, through the regeneration scheme.
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Sitting within the Elmbridge borough of Surrey, Walton-on-Thames has a population of 23,000 and the towns site is said to have been occupied since pre-Saxon and Roman eras.
Today, Walton boasts a thriving community spirit making it a lively and welcoming town in which to live and visit. Centred around the Walton Community Centre, Parish Church, The Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre and Walton Business Group as well as the local sports clubs including athletics, rugby and football there is a regular schedule of events, recreational and social activities, and community groups.
From bowls to table tennis, yoga to zumba, Sea Cadet and Air Training Corps to Sunday School there is something for everyone. Plus, located on the River Thames Walton also offers extensive opportunities for water based sports including rowing, canoeing, kayaking, skiffing, punting and sailing.