RESIDENTS can get all the latest news on the progress of Bicester’s town centre redevelopment after a new information ‘hub’ opened this week.
The hub has opened in the former Cargo unit in Crown Walk, and has been funded by town centre redevelopment partners Sainsbury’s and contractors Bowmer and Kirkland.
Sainsbury’s project manager, Paul Tyler, said: “The HUB is a great new facility for the local community to come and view our progress in building the town centre redevelopment.
“The redevelopment will provide a range of exciting new attractions for local people and we would encourage anyone with questions or just a general interest in the town centre redevelopment to pay us a visit or have a look at our progress for themselves.”
The information hub will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and will be staffed from 9am to 2.30pm. Residents can also see the redevelopment’s progress for themselves by taking a peek through one of the viewing points in hoardings around the town centre.
Those behind the redevelopment say the scheme could create up to 600 new jobs in Bicester through the construction of a large multiplex cinema and new shops in the town centre.
Key elements of the redevelopment include a seven-screen 3D-compatible Apollo cinema and a new Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Other new additions will include public spaces with works of art, new shops, restaurants and cafés, a multi-storey car park and a new bus interchange in Manorsfield Road.
The scheme should be finished by September next year.
A second proposed phase would create a new civic building, including council offices, and a new public library to replace the current facility in Old Place Yard.
Children were invited to take part in an Easter egg colouring competition to mark the hub’s opening earlier this week.