Jericho wharf conversion is ‘a giant step closer’

The Oxford Times: An artist’s impression of the Jericho boatyard development An artist’s impression of the Jericho boatyard development

WORK on the Jericho boatyard could start early next year.

Developer Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF) has now submitted plans to be considered by Oxford City Council.

The firm said work could begin as soon as six months after the plans gain approval – meaning it could start early in 2015.

It would then take 18 months to carry out the work.

SIAHAF chief executive Johnny Sandelson said: “We have taken a giant step closer to the creation of a new, better future for the Jericho Wharf.

“The plans are the result of ex-tensive consultation and reflect the wishes of the majority of local stakeholders.”

A public square dominates the proposals, which also include a community centre, cafe and 22 terraced houses.

The Castle Mill boatyard has not been used commercially since 1992 and five attempts have been made to redevelop the site.

Steve Tompkins, of architects Haworth Tompkins, said: “The boatyard is a beautiful site, dense with association and memory for many people in Oxford.

“It has been unused for too long and we hope our work will help to establish a genuinely viable new centre for Jericho.

“As well as providing facilities and housing, the proposals are designed to create a rich setting for the church, reinforce the character of the neighbourhood’s canalside location and make natural connections with the surrounding streets.”

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The firm will carry out further collaboration with residents’ groups in the coming months, he added.

The last attempt to develop the site was a plan for 54 flats and boatyard by Spring Residential.

The firm was refused city council permission in 2007, lost an appeal the next year and went into administration in 2009.

CHANGES MADE FOLLOWING THE CONSULTATION

  • Height of terraced houses reduced and solar panels added
  • Back alley for terraced houses to provide access for bins and bikes
  • New brickwork for buildings to match local use of red brick
  • Slimmed down gable on restaurant
  • Community centre interior changed and front entrance moved to face square
  • Bridge across canal moved further south.

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Details ahead for Jericho's boatyard’s grand design
.6:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014 in News .


SMALL-SCALE: Stephanie Pirrie with a model of the proposed boatyard development DETAILED plans for the Jericho boatyard redevelopment are to be submitted in the next few days, the architect has said.

It follows a public consultation in February after proposals for a “piazza” square were revealed.

The square would sit in front of St Barnabas Church, with a new community building overlooking it and facilities such as a cafe, a hall and a pre-school also included.

It is the result of talks between the residents’ group Jericho Wharf Trust and developer Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF).

Trust spokesman Peter Stalker said he had been pleased so far with co-operation from the developers.

And the trust has been showcasing a model of the proposals at a launch event for the Oxford Canal Heritage Project.

Mr Stalker said: “We were showing the outcome of our own discussions with SIAHAF. They have been working with us to find out what was wanted in the boatyard.

“We did not get everything we wanted, but we are in a much better position than we have been.

“I think many are hopeful it could go ahead, though we have yet to see the final proposals and will reserve judgment until then.”

Mr Stalker unveiled the plans at the Oxford Canal Heritage Project event on Saturday.

Part of a push to get more visitors using the 222-year-old waterway, it has been backed by £65,000 of Heritage Lottery money.

Examples of audio and written heritage trail guides were available at the event, which took place in the Old Fire Station, George Street.



PICTURESQUE: Camille Pease, 14, left, and Laura Sayers, 19, holding a piece of art produced by the Monday Art Group and displayed at the Oxford Canal Heritage Project launch event at the Old Fire Station

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..It also included sold-out performances from choir group the Jericho Singers to raise money to fund them.

Organiser Stephanie Pirrie said it had been a success, adding: “There were plenty of talks and presentations and we also had children from local schools who came along.”

Maria Parsons, who is also part of the heritage project, said: “We hope people will keep learning about our rich canal history.”

Joanna Sutherland, associate director of Haworth Tompkins, which created the boatyard designs, said: “We are just pulling together a few loose ends, but everything is mostly ready to go.

“There have been some significant changes, in relation to materials being used and lowering the heights of some buildings.

“Other issues we have addressed are flood risk assessments. We have worked closely with city council planners on this.

“It also does respond to comments made by residents in the public consultation.”



TIMELINE – HOW THE SAGA HAS PROGRESSED

THE story so far:
1992 – Orchard Cruisers, a working boatyard, ceases operations on the site which is owned by British Waterways.
1997 – An informal boatyard grows around the site.
2000 – The Jericho Community Association puts in a bid with local builder Leadbitter but British Waterways opts for Bellway Homes.
2004 – Oxford City Council rejects a planning application from Bellway.
2005 – A planning appeal by Bellway is rejected by a Government planning inspector.
2006 – British Waterways forcibly evicts boaters occupying the site.
2007 – Spring Residential buys the site from British Waterways for £4m.
2007 – The city council rejects Spring’s planning application because of the lack of provision for a new boatyard and the appearance of the buildings.

2008 – A Government planning inspector rejects Spring’s appeal.
2009 – Spring goes into administration.
2013 – Negotiations between boatyard administrator PricewaterhouseCoope
rs and the Jericho Wharf Trust over the sale of the site begin
2013 – Rival bidder and developer SIAHAF is revealed to also be in talks.
February 2014 – SIAHAF reveals its “piazza” themed plans for the boatyard and public consultations take
place.

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.2:38pm Tue 13 May 14
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I would like to point out that to save time and money, the developer/owners are using preliminary drawings from architects commisioned by the community some time ago. Quite sensible, but the plans were never meant to be a final option. It is hoped that in due course the developers - who I believe are backed by billions from an asian government - will produce a more acceptable scheme in keeping with the aspirations of those in the community who have worked so long and hard to achieve. A design that fits well with the centrepiece, the famous St Barnabas church is essential on this very special site.
Details ahead for Jericho's boatyard’s grand design .6:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014 in News . SMALL-SCALE: Stephanie Pirrie with a model of the proposed boatyard development DETAILED plans for the Jericho boatyard redevelopment are to be submitted in the next few days, the architect has said. It follows a public consultation in February after proposals for a “piazza” square were revealed. The square would sit in front of St Barnabas Church, with a new community building overlooking it and facilities such as a cafe, a hall and a pre-school also included. It is the result of talks between the residents’ group Jericho Wharf Trust and developer Strategic Iconic Assets Heritage Acquisition Fund (SIAHAF). Trust spokesman Peter Stalker said he had been pleased so far with co-operation from the developers. And the trust has been showcasing a model of the proposals at a launch event for the Oxford Canal Heritage Project. Mr Stalker said: “We were showing the outcome of our own discussions with SIAHAF. They have been working with us to find out what was wanted in the boatyard. “We did not get everything we wanted, but we are in a much better position than we have been. “I think many are hopeful it could go ahead, though we have yet to see the final proposals and will reserve judgment until then.” Mr Stalker unveiled the plans at the Oxford Canal Heritage Project event on Saturday. Part of a push to get more visitors using the 222-year-old waterway, it has been backed by £65,000 of Heritage Lottery money. Examples of audio and written heritage trail guides were available at the event, which took place in the Old Fire Station, George Street. PICTURESQUE: Camille Pease, 14, left, and Laura Sayers, 19, holding a piece of art produced by the Monday Art Group and displayed at the Oxford Canal Heritage Project launch event at the Old Fire Station .Related links •More Oxford news .Ads by Google Car Insurance from £191 10% paid this for standard cover Not On Price Comparison Websites! aviva.co.uk/Car_Insu rance Conservatory Extensions Professional, Competitive Work. Personal Touch Conservatories. kingfisher-swindon.c o.uk ..It also included sold-out performances from choir group the Jericho Singers to raise money to fund them. Organiser Stephanie Pirrie said it had been a success, adding: “There were plenty of talks and presentations and we also had children from local schools who came along.” Maria Parsons, who is also part of the heritage project, said: “We hope people will keep learning about our rich canal history.” Joanna Sutherland, associate director of Haworth Tompkins, which created the boatyard designs, said: “We are just pulling together a few loose ends, but everything is mostly ready to go. “There have been some significant changes, in relation to materials being used and lowering the heights of some buildings. “Other issues we have addressed are flood risk assessments. We have worked closely with city council planners on this. “It also does respond to comments made by residents in the public consultation.” TIMELINE – HOW THE SAGA HAS PROGRESSED THE story so far: 1992 – Orchard Cruisers, a working boatyard, ceases operations on the site which is owned by British Waterways. 1997 – An informal boatyard grows around the site. 2000 – The Jericho Community Association puts in a bid with local builder Leadbitter but British Waterways opts for Bellway Homes. 2004 – Oxford City Council rejects a planning application from Bellway. 2005 – A planning appeal by Bellway is rejected by a Government planning inspector. 2006 – British Waterways forcibly evicts boaters occupying the site. 2007 – Spring Residential buys the site from British Waterways for £4m. 2007 – The city council rejects Spring’s planning application because of the lack of provision for a new boatyard and the appearance of the buildings. 2008 – A Government planning inspector rejects Spring’s appeal. 2009 – Spring goes into administration. 2013 – Negotiations between boatyard administrator PricewaterhouseCoope rs and the Jericho Wharf Trust over the sale of the site begin 2013 – Rival bidder and developer SIAHAF is revealed to also be in talks. February 2014 – SIAHAF reveals its “piazza” themed plans for the boatyard and public consultations take place. .EmailPrint this pageComment(1).by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored ContentSponsored ContentPromoted ContentPromoted Content You May Like Celeb Romance10 Celebrities That Practice Open RelationshipsCeleb RomanceCarBuyerThe Truth About The Honda AccordCarBuyerELLEUK .com11 New Looks For Your Phone This SeasonELLEUK.comMudd y MatchesTop 10 Mistakes People Make on Dating SitesMuddy MatchesMotoringTop 10 Cars Under £10,000MotoringAuto ExpressThe sporty Peugeot 208 GTi - is it better than a Fiesta ST?Auto ExpressPeople who read this article also read . Read by 41 people City restaurant bid recommended despite residents’ opposition Read by 38 people M40 tragedy: heartache of bride-to-be Read by 35 people Former masonic lodge still lies empty after housing plans are refused .... 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A design that fits well with the centrepiece, the famous St Barnabas church is essential on this very special site. mike111
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