Full steam ahead for the future Castle Quay

Cherwell District Council confirm the start of construction works for Castle Quay

Published: Thursday, 14th February 2019

The exciting arrival of the new Castle Quay development in Banbury has moved a step closer with full construction works set to begin.

In the coming weeks, hoarding with new imagery of the development will be installed, allowing the public to see how this transformed space for Banbury will look when completed. The programme of construction works will be phased to minimise the impact on the local community, and we will be working closely with the contractor to keep the local community regularly informed. The team is already onsite carrying out early preparatory works, and will be based in the former BHS unit for the duration of the construction. The build is set to take 100 weeks.

The Castle Quay development will deliver a new restaurant and leisure offering for Banbury, anchored by Lidl, The Light Cinema and a Premier Inn hotel. The new development will act as a link between neighbouring sites such as the Spiceball Leisure Centre, The Mill and the exciting Castle Quay shopping centre, improving connectivity within the town centre and ensuring a dynamic evening economy for residents and visitors alike.

Cllr Tony Ilott, Lead Member for Financial Management and Governance at Cherwell District Council, commented:

“With visible works due to begin shortly on this new development, this is a defining moment for Banbury and its residents. The council will deliver an exceptional new offering for our town centre, an investment that will allow us to provide the best in class for our residents. This includes upgrades to the existing shopping centre so that customers and residents can continue to have a pleasant shopping experience.

“As a council, we look forward to working with the community as we reach the delivery phases of the next stage in our town centre’s life”.

Over the past eight weeks, preparatory works have been carried out on site before full construction could commence. A team of experts have also been working to improve the original design inherited by the council, to ensure this development better suits the needs of the local community. For example, looking to the future and ensuring that the new destination remains relevant in years to come, electric charging points are being installed within the new car parks, and a new pedestrian bridge will be installed to improve ease of access throughout the site and into other areas of the town.

The work to the town centre in Banbury is one of a number of planned developments to improve the area for its residents.

Cllr Lynn Pratt, Lead Member for Economy, Regeneration and Property at Cherwell District Council, commented:

“The forthcoming Castle Quay 2 development is just one of the projects underway to regenerate the wider Banbury area. We are working towards a Banbury that continues to thrive and attracts the best new retailers and restaurants, while meeting the needs of our residents. We are proud that we have progressed the plans for Castle Quay 2 and, under the council’s ownership, we will protect our town centre for the future whilst attracting further investment to the area”.

Further updates will be provided to local residents throughout the duration of the build.