Category Archives: building work

Fairacres Phase 2 – July update

Fairacres
Construction has continued on Phase 2 of the Fairacres Retail Park. The structure is in place and cladding is being added in July.

The largest unit will be a Lidl – a German international discount supermarket chain who are Big on Quality – Lidl on Price. There are four other units up for grabs.

Traffic roundabouts in Abingdon have gone a bit wild during the Coronavirus pandemic, but one of the many businesses off this particular roundabout (Tesco, Hilton Garden Hotel,  Miele, …. Lidl) could choose to tame this one, and have their sign added for publicity purposes.

Trinity Conduit Centre and Garden

Conduit Centre
Before and during the lockdown there has been work on improvements to the Conduit Centre next to Trinity Church. The hall is used by many community groups, and the intention is to make it more accessible.

Work did stop at times when it was difficult to get materials, but the Conduit entrance hall and toilets are now almost complete.
Conduit Centre
The gardens at Trinity are looked after by volunteers gardeners.

Building Work and Face Coverings

Developments and Face Covering
There has not been a lot of building work at the front of the new Ock Street retirement flats during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

What has changed during that time is people’s perceptions of what they value. Our town centre garden may be small but it has been a blessing during the sunny days when we were staying at home. The parks and green spaces around Abingdon town centre were another blessing.
Developments and Face Covering
The Fairacres Phase 2 development has continued during the lockdown and most of the metal structure is now in place.
Developments and Face Covering
Lidl are coming but I have not heard what businesses will follow.

The long term impact of the pandemic on businesses is unknown. In the short term there will be a greater need for social distancing in stores. Online shopping, and click and collect became more important during the lockdown.
Developments and Face Covering
PPE has become an everyday term. The advice on wearing face masks and coverings has changed. PPE allows trades people to work in people’s houses, and will be a way to open up smaller businesses. Face coverings will become compulsory for people using public transport in England from Monday 15 June. More and more people are wearing face coverings in Waitrose.

Paul Smith’s thought for today is Black Lives Matter … https://www.abingdon-st-helens.org.uk/TFTD/Paul_Smith_2020_06_09_TFTD.mp3.

Proposed Dental Surgery with fine views of the River Thames

Proposed Dental Surgery
There are some new planning application notices outside the Old Gaol riverside entrance.
Proposed Dental Surgery
This part of the Old Gaol development started off as a shop and 2 cafes, then local opinion suggested that a shop would be superfluous and the developers changed that to 3 restaurant / cafes. Only Costa Coffee has so far moved in, and so now one unit could become a dental surgery with views onto the River Thames.
Proposed Dental Surgery
Looking at the plans the glass fronted area could become treatment room 1. People will be able to watch for King Fishers as they get their teeth crowned.
Proposed Dental Surgery
The converted cottages on Bridge Street could still become a Cafe / Bar.

Building Work in January 2020

Building Work in January
The roofs of the new Churchill retirement flats have been tiled.
Building Work in January
The hoardings show how enjoyable retirement could be. Show apartments will be available to look round in the Spring.
Building Work in January
It’s been a warm winter, and the daffodils in front of the Fairacre Retail Park sign have got an early start.
Building Work in January
Looking across the car park, Homebase and Vineys and A&H have been demolished and some of the old concrete has been smashed and pulverised into piles.
Building Work in January
The retained material will help replace gravel that would otherwise need quarrying and bringing to the site.