MP Victoria Prentis has welcomed construction work on our new £12m retirement living complex in the centre of Banbury.
The Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire recently met with chief executive Philippa Jones at the Bath Road site, on land previously belonging to Banbury and Bicester College. Mrs Prentis was given a tour of the site as they discussed a range of housing-related matters including the need for this kind of high-quality, retirement living accommodation close to the town centre.
The Conservative MP said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Park Gardens. It will have some great views over People’s Park and I am sure that it will really enhance our local area.
“I am very glad that Bromford has chosen to invest in Banbury, and I hope to come back and see how the project is getting on in the near future.”
Work to transform the site started in November after the vacant college buildings were demolished and now this multi-million pound investment will see 78 retirement living homes built exclusively for over 55s. The college, which is part of Activate Learning, made the land available after relocating its media and motor vehicle facilities to a new, £6m centre, on the opposite side of Broughton Road three years ago.
Ms Jones added: “It was a really productive meeting and Victoria was very complimentary about the way Park Gardens will be offering residents the opportunity to live in a lively and vibrant community where they can completely retain their independence while knowing that tailored support is on hand should they need it.
“We know Victoria is a passionate supporter of Banbury and as part of this transformation we are looking forward to welcoming various members of the local community to become part of this next chapter in Bath Road’s history as we help our customers living here achieve their aspirations and enjoy later life more. We’re also excited that this investment will create a number of jobs for local people.”
The site foundations have almost been fully installed by Bromford’s in-house construction team and soon the central steel structure will begin to rise from the ground as a large crane is brought onto site. Once completed, Park Gardens will feature one and two bedroom apartments in a range of affordable tenure options as well as a café bistro and lounge, activity studio, gym, hair and beauty salon, landscaped gardens and parking.