About

Guildford Vision Group

The Guildford Vision Group (GVG) was founded in 2012 in response to Guildford Borough Council’s initial draft Town Centre Framework, which we believed was lacking in vision and inspiration.

We are a group of residents, almost all with a background in property, transport and planning, and we share a common goal and passion: that Guildford will become an even more attractive, vibrant and pleasant town to live and work in.

Since our first meeting, we’ve campaigned for a proper plan that will see the town developed based on one integrated strategy. We were delighted when the council commissioned a masterplan for Guildford.

However, the council has yet to commit to this plan, which was restricted in its scope when it came to infrastructure. We therefore continue to push for its best elements and for new elements, such as the river crossing that will carry traffic around the centre.

GVG commissioned its own masterplan with considerable help from Leonard Design Architects, a practice of international repute. We have presented our plan to the Council and continue to urge its leadership to give it careful consideration.

More pedestrian-only space in the town centre

New public space, including squares and green space, and a reinvigorated riverside

Redirection of traffic away from the town centre

An integrated transport hub for rail and road

More town-centre housing for all

A new, improved east-west link across the river

Chairman’s statement

Guildford is at the most significant crossroads in its 1,000 year history, and our town now needs your help.

With growing pressures on housing, business, traffic and infrastructure, we have a stark choice – either our town continues with the piecemeal development it has suffered since the 1960s (which will eventually turn it into an unattractive, inefficient urban sprawl), or we take the steps needed to create pleasant open spaces for everyone to enjoy, and a beautiful riverside like those found in Richmond, Kingston and Stratford Upon Avon.

At GVG, we believe our council has an opportunity to put into place the formal development plan that our town deserves. Without a new road crossing, the current four-lane carriageway that carries heavy traffic into the centre and separates the town and the river will have to stay, and we’ll lose our chance to create a beautiful, safe town centre free from cars, noise and damaging fumes.

Thank you for your support.

John Rigg, Chairman

JOHN RIGG FRICS

Co-founder and Chair of Guildford Vision Group, past Head of Central London and International Investment at Savills and Head of Strategic Investment. Now a consultant

NIKKI ACKERLEY

Managing Director of Property House Marketing. Former editor of Guildford Magazine

MAURICE BARHAM, MA

Retired Shell executive, secretary of Guildford Society Transport Group

JOSS BIGMORE, MA

Former Managing Director at Credit Suisse in charge of Equity Derivatives Trading. Now runs a private portfolio of angel investments.

CHRIS BLOW, MA

Former Partner and Director of Scott Brownrigg specialising in transportation terminals. Visiting professor of engineering design, University of Surrey

JAMES BURLAND

Architect. Architectural Consultant to Terrell Ltd Structural Engineers, co-founder Terrell Associates Engineering Architecture

GILLIAN CAMERON

Honorary Secretary, The Guildford Society

CHRIS BARRASS

Bio coming soon…

LISA FLOUNDERS

Public relations director and social media consultant at Property House Marketing

RICHARD JARVIS, BSc, MS, CEng, FICE, FCIHT

Retired infrastructure planning and management consultant. Former Executive Chairman of consultants GHK, now part of the US-based ICF Group

MICHAEL JEFFERY, RIBA, RIAS

Retired Director JAA/Ryder, Architects; Past Chairman, The Guildford Society and now Chairman of its Design & Heritage Group

JULIAN D S LYON, MBA (Dist), FRICS

Director of Worldwide Occupier Services, Savills; Chair, The Guildford Society; Chairman, RICS Corporate Occupier Group; Board Member, RICS Commercial Board

GERRY LYTLE ARIBA

Founder of Lytle-Associates Architects, Guildford est.1987. Tutor, mentor, consultant and active interest architecture and town planning.

LIZ MARKWELL, BA Hons, MBA, PGCE

International career in commercial, educational and arts organisations

DR ANGUS MCINTOSH, FRICS

Economic, Chartered Surveyor and sustainable property consultant to Real Estate Forecasting Ltd. Visiting Post Graduate Professor at Oxford Brookes University and Royal Agricultural University, Hong Kong Academy of Management

DAVID OGILVIE, Dip, Arch, T&CP, ARIBA, MRTPI

Founder, David Ogilvie Design Architects and Town Planners. Member of Guildford Society Planning Group

CHRIS SHORTER

Retired Chartered Structural Engineer. Former MD, Thomasons.

ALISTAIR SMITH

Business Organisation Development and IT consultant with experience of working for major corporates in the Travel, Food, Chemicals and Energy sectors in the UK and internationally.

BILL STOKOE

Retired banker and consultant. Vice Chair, Guildford College Group. Former Chair of The Guildford Society & Abbot’s Hospital.

Our successes

  • GVG legally challenged Guildford Borough Council’s Interim Town Centre Framework and Draft North Street Development & Design Brief in 2012
  • In 2014, we persuaded Guildford Borough Council to engage a masterplanner for Guildford’s town centre
  • We have influenced Guildford Borough Council’s plans for the town centre, such as their proposals for Bedford Wharf
  • In 2017, GVG launched its masterplan for Guildford town centre. The launch was attended by over 500 local people and businesses and the plan had a 90% approval rate
  • Following the launch, 10,000 people viewed GVG’s masterplan online
  • Our following continues to grow. We have a database of over 500 supporters and followers, and our active Facebook and Twitter channels continue to engage an increasing number of people in debate about the changes in Guildford’s town centre

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