Castle Quay Waterfront construction sees significant progress


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Councillor Illot hopeful supermarket and hotel elements will open in Spring/Summer 2021 and cinema and restaurant units in early 2022

During the last few months significant progress has been made on the development of the Castle Quay Waterfront project.   Most recently new buildings have sprung up on the land previously occupied by the Castle Quay North car park and the original Spiceball Park Sports Centre building.

Councillor Tony Ilott, lead member for finance at Cherwell District Council, told Banbury FM, “Construction works have been continuing on Castle Quay Waterfront, and the residents of Banbury will have noticed a number of significant changes over the past few months. Highways works have progressed well, the framework for the carpark and Lidl supermarket has now been largely constructed, and the highest point of the hotel is almost in place. These construction milestones bring Castle Quay Waterfront and the new offerings that it will provide to Banbury ever closer to completion”.

Stunning aerial images from Jefferson Air Photography show how the area currently looks.

Recent works to complete the installation of services to the site involved road closures on Cherwell Drive and Concorde Avenue, but these were completed within the advertised timescale.   The project has been able to proceed during recent months with a careful watch on the work environment created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Ilott said, “We are continually reviewing our construction programme, in light of Covid-19 and in line with Government guidance, and remain hopeful that the supermarket and hotel elements will open in Spring/Summer 2021, with the cinema and restaurant units due to open in early 2022.

“Throughout the lockdown period there was an inevitable impact on progress as a result of the on-site health and safety measures put in place for our team, however, we have been working hard to keep up the momentum to deliver this milestone project for the people of Banbury.

“Castle Quay Waterfront will bring a new experience to Banbury, complementing what the town already offers. The new restaurant and leisure offering, anchored by Lidl, The Light Cinema and a Premier Inn, will act as a link between neighbouring sites such as the Spiceball Leisure Centre, The Mill and the existing Castle Quay shopping centre, improving connectivity within the town centre and ensuring a dynamic evening economy for all.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

Reader's opinions
  1. Janet Cullimore   On   01/08/2020 at 11:30 pm

    It would be good to see a picture of the plan, to know what it will eventually look like. At the moment it looks like a huge ugly blot on the landscape. To see what it will hppefully look like and how it will hopefully blend into the town, would be really great.

    • Jefff Hansonn   On   16/02/2021 at 11:29 am

      I agree & I was told that the Lidl supermarket construction was flooded out when the river cherwell overflowed its banks which is very concerning to the people of Banbury
      I note councillor Ilotts comments about a night life economy for banbury but only if the Flooding issues can be dealt with properly

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