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The identity of the latest addition to Bicester’s Pioneer Square has been unveiled at a topping out ceremony to mark the installation of the building’s highest structural feature.
At the end of September, contractors Morgan Sindall installed the final concrete block at the building forming the second phase of the town centre regeneration project which will be known as Franklins House.
The 20-metre high structure will feature a Travelodge hotel, library and office and retail space which will be spread over five floors at the site of the former Franklins Yard car park.
Cllr Norman Bolster, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for estates and economy, said:
“This is the second and final phase of the multi-million pound town centre regeneration project. The building will offer something for people who live and work in the town with facilities including a library, retail and office space while the provision of a hotel will provide accommodation for visitors.
“The town centre regeneration project has always been intended to meet the current and future needs of Bicester through business creation and the provision of leisure opportunities. Furthermore, we want to capitalise upon the town’s tourism opportunities by encouraging people to stay for longer through the provision of centrally-located hotel facilities.”
The site of Franklins House will extend to one quarter of a hectare and provide a total internal space of 4,643 square metres.
The ground floor will comprise a Cherwell District Council Link Point office, space for Brethertons solicitors and restaurant and/ or retail space. Upstairs on the first floor Oxfordshire County Council will house its new library which will also incorporate Bicester Local History Society with the remainder of the space being set aside for office use, including additional space for Brethertons.
There will be additional space on the second floor while the third and fourth floor will accommodate the Travelodge Hotel.
Car parking for Franklins House was provided for in advance as part of the first phase of the regeneration project.
Having reached the peak of the building, Franklins House is on course to be completed in spring 2016.
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