Harvey Water Softeners plan to relocate to the proposed Garden Village

Fairoaks Garden Village Limited is proud to announce that Woking-based manufacturer Harvey Water Softeners is the first business with plans to relocate to the proposed new Garden Village.

Harvey Water Softeners make domestic water softeners. A family business, homegrown in Woking since 1978 and currently situated in Old Woking, the company provides jobs for 250 people and is one of the area’s largest manufacturers.

As well as enabling existing staff to keep their jobs, a local move to Fairoaks Garden Village will enable the company to expand and create upwards of 150 new jobs.

Harvey Bowden, founder of the company and inventor of the twin cylinder Harvey Water Softener, said “We are bursting at the seams in our Old Woking factory so are absolutely delighted with this local opportunity for a brand new state-of-the-art facility at Fairoaks Garden Village. We also like the idea of staff living nearby in the village as we find this arrangement has worked well in the past”

The commercial elements of the Garden Village will be located to the west of the site, allowing employees to travel through the village via the high street on their lunch breaks to enjoy the green spaces to the east of the village.

Visualisation of Fairoaks High Street
Visualisation of Fairoaks High Street

The new housing in the Garden Village scheme will give opportunities for staff to live and work on the site. There will be no affordability gaps in the 1,000 new homes, creating a mixed and balanced community. Homes will be available for first time buyers, young families, older people - for shared ownership, for rent, for sale, for independent living and even for self-build.

Ian Cox, Managing Director of Fairoaks Garden Village Limited has said: “This is fantastic news, we are proud to have a wonderful expanding local business on site, that offers so much for the area. Local people will benefit from much-needed new jobs. We encourage other businesses - existing or new - to use Fairoaks Garden Village as their landmark location to expand, grow and build-up their business.”