Welcome to the vibrant centre of the Walton-on-Thames community! The Heart Shopping Centre spans almost 1.1 million square feet, bursting with 59 stores and restaurants, 279 apartments, a gym and a 799 space public car park.
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, transforming the area with £150 million of investment. The Heart opened in 2006 and has become the focal point of Walton-on-Thames and the surrounding area.
The commercial and residential areas of The Heart come together to create an effervescent and attractive development that has dramatically enhanced the Walton-on-Thames community. The location of The Heart, right next to Walton-on-Thames High Street, provides a central focus right at the beating heart of the historic town centre.
The Heart’s award-winning redevelopment is lauded as a model for town centre redevelopment, with a number of city councils and local authorities aspiring to achieve what O&H has achieved through investment and urban regeneration.
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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.