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Demolition and Development Today

Demolition and Development Today
The FairAcres Phase 2 demolition continues. A small corner of building is all that remains of the original 1970s retail park.
Demolition and Development Today
Piles of rubble from the demolition are awaiting reuse in the 2020s retail park. The new shops will include a Lidl, and should be around for another 50 years, if things go well, before retail parks become outdated.
Demolition and Development Today
The new retirement development on Ock Street is taking shape, and the rafters have been added. The development will comprise 39 privately owned self-contained apartments for the over 60s.
Demolition and Development Today
The buildings seem to take every inch of space around the perimeter. At the centre will be a green space.

4 Comments December 11, 2019

October Progress on two major Abingdon developments

October Progress
The Churchill retirement homes development on Ock Street has reached a couple of storeys high in October.
October Progress
It looks even higher at the rear of the site.
October Progress
Meanwhile the Fairacres Phase 2 demolition has not far to go.
October Progress
Pictures around the site shows how it will look with the larger car park enclosed in the centre of shopping centre. All those cars will leave by the existing route. People did raise concerns when the plans were authorised about how slow it will be getting out during rush hour.

5 Comments October 24, 2019

New Retirement apartments at seven blocks high

Large Crane
A large crane is helping to build the Churchill retirement apartments where the Vauxhall dealership once sold Corsas on Ock Street.
Large Crane
There is also a large For Sale sign helping to balance the crane.
Large Crane
Last month when I looked the inner walls were two blocks high. The inner walls are now about seven blocks high and the redbrick external part of the cavity walls are being added.

Leave a Comment August 12, 2019

New Retirement apartments at two blocks high

New Retirement apartments
Planning permission was finally granted and construction is now underway on the one and two bedroom retirement apartments across the road from the fire station and Mayott House in Ock Street, Abingdon. They are also close to Carswell School. The building will be called Albert Lodge as Albert Park is not far away.
New Retirement apartments
Currently they are two blocks high. I will return in a few weeks time and see how that has changed.

6 Comments July 10, 2019

Toilet block at Abbey Meadow re-opened

Toilet block at Abbey Meadow
The revamped toilet block at Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow re-opened yesterday, 6th March. The Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) has funded this refurbishment, which follows on from the re-opening of the rebuilt open air pool in 2018, and the redesigned play area in 2017.

The block has been completely refurbished and includes five self-contained unisex toilets and a men’s urinals. The Abingdon Lions have added a defibrillator.
Toilet block at Abbey Meadow
The block also includes a ‘Space to Change’ facility, which includes a wheelchair accessible toilet and a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and hoist. The ‘Space to Change’ was not in the original design but after a large petition by parents and the intervention of the local MP and others it was added to the design.

Cllr Alice Badcock, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for community services, said: Abbey Meadow is the most-visited park in the district and now with all the changes we have made to make it more accessible, it can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

Cllr Helen Pighills, Vale of White Horse district council ward member, said: These improvements are great news. The inclusion of a ‘Space to Change’ toilet is so important for ensuring more families and children with disabilities can make use of Abbey Meadow.

Thankyou to VWHDC for the press release and quotes. The work was done by Oxford Direct Services – the commercial arm of Oxford City Council. The splash pad and outdoor swimming pool at Abbey Meadow will be open for the summer from 25th May.

2 Comments March 7, 2019

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