Jericho wharf conversion is ‘a giant step closer’

5:00am Tuesday 13th May 2014

By Matt Oliver

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.”

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.

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