Makeover for dilapidated Seacourt Retail Park begins

The Oxford Times: Refurbishment has started at the former Habitat shop beside Seacourt Tower Refurbishment has started at the former Habitat shop beside Seacourt Tower

Work has started on a £15m scheme to transform West Oxford's Botley’s Seacourt Retail Park.

Developers are hoping to create 150 new jobs with the work to revamp the dilapidated 1980s shopping centre.

Its regeneration will create more than 5,000 sq m of extra floor space in 10 new units, but the BP petrol station will disappear.

Eric Hall, joint director of developer TDH Estates, confirmed that work had started.

Vale of White Horse District Council’s planning committee approved the scheme in May.

The park is owned by British Airways Pension Trust (BAPT).

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10:27am Tue 3 Dec 13

Paul0 says...

Your photograph does not show work on the former Habitat shop (that was in the retail park behind the tower).
I hope something can be done eventually to deal with the tower, an excrescence clearly inspired by a late-1950s pulp sci-fi book cover, rather than anyone's office requirements. Oh no, please don't tell me it's a grade 2 listed building ;-)
Your photograph does not show work on the former Habitat shop (that was in the retail park behind the tower). I hope something can be done eventually to deal with the tower, an excrescence clearly inspired by a late-1950s pulp sci-fi book cover, rather than anyone's office requirements. Oh no, please don't tell me it's a grade 2 listed building ;-) Paul0

1:03pm Tue 3 Dec 13

ElderP says...

Paul0 wrote:
Your photograph does not show work on the former Habitat shop (that was in the retail park behind the tower).
I hope something can be done eventually to deal with the tower, an excrescence clearly inspired by a late-1950s pulp sci-fi book cover, rather than anyone's office requirements. Oh no, please don't tell me it's a grade 2 listed building ;-)
The photo is taken looking towards the tower with Homebase behind the photographer, so that is the former Habitat you can see (the roof just visable above the scaffholding).
And sorry I quite like the tower... it takes all sorts ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Paul0[/bold] wrote: Your photograph does not show work on the former Habitat shop (that was in the retail park behind the tower). I hope something can be done eventually to deal with the tower, an excrescence clearly inspired by a late-1950s pulp sci-fi book cover, rather than anyone's office requirements. Oh no, please don't tell me it's a grade 2 listed building ;-)[/p][/quote]The photo is taken looking towards the tower with Homebase behind the photographer, so that is the former Habitat you can see (the roof just visable above the scaffholding). And sorry I quite like the tower... it takes all sorts ;-) ElderP

1:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

mytaxes says...

I like the tower also. Does anyone know who will be moving in when it is completed?
I like the tower also. Does anyone know who will be moving in when it is completed? mytaxes

11:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

mytaxes wrote:
I like the tower also. Does anyone know who will be moving in when it is completed?
The site is probably too small for an Ikea.

Which is a shame really as it would cut down on the Carbon miles for local driving to Bristol, Southampton, Bletchley or London to buy a few things.

You can just imagine the trauma of the local "Activists" if one of the big blue and yellow boxes arrived in the city though...
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: I like the tower also. Does anyone know who will be moving in when it is completed?[/p][/quote]The site is probably too small for an Ikea. Which is a shame really as it would cut down on the Carbon miles for local driving to Bristol, Southampton, Bletchley or London to buy a few things. You can just imagine the trauma of the local "Activists" if one of the big blue and yellow boxes arrived in the city though... Andrew:Oxford

8:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

alu355 says...

Ikea is opening soon in Reading albeit this isn't massively closer than Wembley
Ikea is opening soon in Reading albeit this isn't massively closer than Wembley alu355

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