Piazza to be centrepiece of Jericho boatyard plan

The Oxford Times: An artist’s impression of how the Castle Mill boatyard in Jericho could look An artist’s impression of how the Castle Mill boatyard in Jericho could look

A “VENETIAN-STYLE” piazza will be the centrepiece of the long-awaited redevelopment of Jericho boatyard.

The Castle Mill boatyard will also include a new community centre, housing and facilities for canal boat owners.

A planning application will be submitted in about a month’s time and two public consultation events will be held tomorrow and Saturday.

It has not been used commercially as a boatyard since 1992 and five attempts have been made to redevelop the site.

The centrepiece will be a public square outside St Barnabas Church stretching to the waterfront.

A new community building will overlook the square with facilities for boaters and residents such as a cafe, a preschool and a hall.

On the ground floor there will be two dry docks and a wet dock with workshops.

Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF), the developers, said it would be built from wood for an “authentic dockside feel”.

A new restaurant will open on the other side of the square with eight flats above it while a row of townhouses will border the canal.

The development will be linked to the other side of the canal by a new swing bridge.

Fund chief executive Johnny Sandelson said it had worked with Jericho Wharf Trust.

He said: “This is an extremely sensitive and historic site which deserves careful development to unlock its potential.

“By collaborating with the community and listening to their aspirations, I believe we now have an inspiring plan for the future of Jericho Wharf.”

Steve Tompkins, of architects Haworth Tompkins, said: “The new square will be big enough for a market or outdoor concerts and will provide much-improved access to the canal.

“We have taken inspiration from buildings in the area as well as traditional canal-side and boatyard architecture.

“We’ve looked to Venice and the Netherlands to inform the design of the square and how it could relate to the canal.”

The last attempt to develop the site was a plan for 54 flats and boatyard by Spring Residential. It was refused Oxford City Council permission in 2007, lost an appeal the next year and went into administration in 2009.

 

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The wharf trust unsuccessfully tried to buy the land and chair Phyllis Starkey, above, said: “We worked hard to engage constructively with SIAHAF and Haworth Tompkins.

“The next steps are to seek the views of the wider community and reflect on the implications of this complex development and the allocation of space for community facilities.

“We know many people feel strongly about the canalside site, and we welcome the chance for all parties to make their views known.

“It is vital that this historic site enhances facilities for Jericho, the canal boaters and the wider Oxford community.”

The public consultations will take place tomorrow from 10am to 5pm at St Barnabas Church and on Saturday from 9am until 12.30pm at the Jericho Community Centre in Canal Street.

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12:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

King Joke says...

What sort of piazza will it be? Ham & mushroom?
What sort of piazza will it be? Ham & mushroom? King Joke

12:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
What sort of piazza will it be? Ham & mushroom?
It does say "Venetian style"...

I think that means it'll be flooded regularly and tend to smell a bit.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: What sort of piazza will it be? Ham & mushroom?[/p][/quote]It does say "Venetian style"... I think that means it'll be flooded regularly and tend to smell a bit. Andrew:Oxford

1:05pm Thu 6 Feb 14

King Joke says...

... served by a railway station nowhere near the city centre, and surrounded by overpriced bars + restaurants, and over-run by hordes of tourists every summer.
... served by a railway station nowhere near the city centre, and surrounded by overpriced bars + restaurants, and over-run by hordes of tourists every summer. King Joke

12:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ethical? says...

Is Jericho an ethical hotspot? do we care?

From boatyard purchaser (possibly subject to planning permission) SIAHAF’s website today we learn where this company's openly say's it's money originates.
"Bruneian sponsor Shuif Hussain and his partner, British property entrepreneur Johnny Sandelson established SIAHAF in 2009." Additionally "Sultan Of Brunei in secret £500 swoop on London.N"

Brunei, A country rich on feudel oppression of almost all human rights witnesses Amnesty International and the UN.

http://www.amnesty.o
rg/en/library/info/A
SA15/001/2009/en
Amnesty International raises concerns, inter alia, about administrative detention laws; restrictions on press freedom; the status of ratification and implementation of international human rights treaties; and legislation discriminating against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization also describes concerns over violations of human rights by the state through the prosecution of individuals under the Sedition. Additionally http://www.ohchr.org
/EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAG
ES/BNSession6.aspxw


http://www.oxfordmai
l.co.uk 5:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Ethex says Oxford is fifth best city for ethical investment, with hotspots in Summertown, Jericho, Osney, Appleton, Cumnor and Hinksey Park.
From boatyard purchaser (possibly subject to planning permission) SIAHAF’s website today. Do we care?
Is Jericho an ethical hotspot? do we care? From boatyard purchaser (possibly subject to planning permission) SIAHAF’s website today we learn where this company's openly say's it's money originates. "Bruneian sponsor Shuif Hussain and his partner, British property entrepreneur Johnny Sandelson established SIAHAF in 2009." Additionally "Sultan Of Brunei in secret £500 swoop on London.N" Brunei, A country rich on feudel oppression of almost all human rights witnesses Amnesty International and the UN. http://www.amnesty.o rg/en/library/info/A SA15/001/2009/en Amnesty International raises concerns, inter alia, about administrative detention laws; restrictions on press freedom; the status of ratification and implementation of international human rights treaties; and legislation discriminating against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization also describes concerns over violations of human rights by the state through the prosecution of individuals under the Sedition. Additionally http://www.ohchr.org /EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAG ES/BNSession6.aspxw http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk 5:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News Ethex says Oxford is fifth best city for ethical investment, with hotspots in Summertown, Jericho, Osney, Appleton, Cumnor and Hinksey Park. From boatyard purchaser (possibly subject to planning permission) SIAHAF’s website today. Do we care? ethical?

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