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Canalside welcomes first residents following phase one completion

The first phase of our transformation of a post-war housing estate in Woking, Surrey, is now complete with work on the second phase underway.

Canalside, the long-awaited regeneration of Sheerwater, will deliver nearly 1,100 energy-efficient homes, half of which will be affordable, set around new public parkland, with car-free streets and landscaped, pedestrian and cycle-friendly links connecting individual neighbourhoods, community facilities and green spaces.

Following our renewed masterplan and design work, the project will be delivered by ThamesWey, Woking Borough Council’s independent housing delivery company. The resulting development will foster a new community specifically designed around multi-generational living, responding to both the housing crisis and the needs of an ageing population.

Canalside will include an assisted living facility for older and vulnerable people in a prime location at the centre of the development, and age-friendly apartments mixed in amongst family homes throughout the new, interconnected neighbourhoods. 

Construction has recently finished on the first 92 homes and the first residents have moved in. 

Our masterplan includes unique traffic-free streets, and public open areas between homes and buildings have been designed to create safe spaces to encourage residents to sit, relax, socialise and connect with each other and the outside, natural environment.

The development will comprise several individual neighbourhoods with clear identities, offering a range of homes and apartments of different sizes, from one-bedroom studios to five-bedroom houses.

A new leisure complex also opened in early October, featuring a 25-metre swimming pool plus a separate teaching pool, sports hall, studios and a gym. The outside facilities include a full-size 3G football pitch, and new grass football and rugby pitches.

Work is now underway on the next two phases of the development which include flats, mews houses, maisonettes, and homes for older and vulnerable people, along with a community centre, medical facilities, nursery, retail spaces and an energy centre to provide low carbon heating to the core of the development.


Landscape director, Martin Jones, said: “We are thrilled to see the vision becoming reality at Canalside as the first phase of this major regeneration scheme completes and people start to move into the modern, high quality and highly sustainable new homes.

“Creating a vibrant, connected and contemporary community for all ages and requirements, along with access to nature and outdoors spaces, was central to our masterplanning and design approach. Now completely reimagined, this former post-war housing estate is leading the way in creating a community for all ages – with sheltered housing and homes for older and vulnerable people at the heart of the neighbourhood, in and around homes for families and young people.”

To learn more about how we plan to build greener, more equitable homes for older people, download our Age Friendly Living report at: