Building work got underway this morning on the new Hill Youth and Community Centre building in Banbury.
Published: Monday, 26th November 2018
Cherwell District Council’s approved contractors, Edgar Taylor, are now hard at work on the Bretch Hill site. The building work is expected to be completed during Autumn of next year, and in the meantime, the council is planning consultations and arts projects to support local people who want to get involved in developing the centre and its programme.
The site has been registered for the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This commits Edgar Taylor to following a code of practice that emphasises respect for the community and environmental protection.
Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell's lead member for economy, regeneration and property, said: “We’re delighted that work is underway on the new Hill Youth and Community Centre. Everyone is very excited about it and in the coming weeks and months we will be announcing details of how local people can get involved with planning the activities that will be taking place there.
“We thank people living nearby in advance for their patience and understanding while work is ongoing, much as we are really grateful for the support they showed when the old building was being demolished.
“Having watched an impressive presentation from Edgar Taylor last week, I’m really confident that they are not only going to build a fantastic centre, but that they are committed to minimising disruption to the community the building will serve.”
The council wrote to residents living near the site last week to remind them that work was about to begin and to request support allowing ease of entry and exit to the site for the builders.
Council project managers will be meeting with the contractors on a regular basis to offer support and oversight, with the first meeting taking place this week.
Last week, Edgar Taylor attended a meeting a Bodicote House to give a presentation covering their experience building for leisure and educational uses, and to discuss the building programme in detail with councillors, funding partners and council management.