Bicester’s new £6.6 million community building which is part of the final phase of the town centre’s regeneration is to go before district councillors in May.
Cherwell District Council has submitted plans for a five-storey building on the Franklins Yard car park, which will house a new library, hotel and retail space and will incorporate energy saving measures. The application also includes changes to vehicle access.
Norman Bolster, councillor for estates and economy, said: “This application represents the final stage of the project to regenerate Bicester town centre and the building will both complete and complement the Pioneer Square development.
“We first showcased this proposal at an exhibition in January and invited feedback from the public. Based on the comments received at the time, we are satisfied this proposal has been finalised to a standard which will satisfy both the requirements of the building’s future occupants and also the residents and customers who will utilise its facilities.”
The building will front on to Bure Place and Wesley Square. The internal space will total 4,643 sqm.
On the ground floor, space has been allocated for a Cherwell District Council Link Point, restaurant and/or retail space.
On the first floor, Oxfordshire County Council will house its new library and incorporate the Bicester Local History Society, with the remaining space being set aside for office use.
There will be further office space on the second floor while the third and fourth floors will be occupied by a 53-bed Travelodge hotel.
In keeping with Bicester One Shared Vision, the building will showcase environmentally sustainable developments including photovoltaic panels, use of combined heat and power and provision for cycle parking. The building is working towards a BREEAM environmental assessment rating of very good.
The application is due to be discussed by councillors in May. If approved, work is due to start in July and be completed by summer 2015.
For more information visit www.cherwell.gov.uk and search for application number 14/00403/F.