Victoria Prentis MP was on hand to witness the start of construction of the new Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre during a visit to the development on Friday July 14th. The recently re-elected Member of Parliament laid down the first brick, accompanied by the Leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Barry Wood and Chair of Policy, Cllr. Richard Mould.

Plans for the Centre were approved at the beginning of the year, with Deeley Construction recently appointed by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to carry out the construction. The Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre forms part of a brand new Village Centre planned to bring several new facilities, including a day nursery, convenience store, outdoor space and four additional retail units to the development. There will also be a community recycling centre located within the Kingsmere Village Centre along with bicycle and car parking spaces.

Victoria Prentis MP for North Oxfordshire comments: “I am really grateful to Countryside for arranging a tour around Kingsmere and the new community centre development.

Kingsmere is now a well-established development in Bicester and has a strong community feel. I am keen to see this replicated across other local developments, particularly given the pace of house building across North Oxfordshire. Space for local groups and events is really important, not least in the way it encourages people to come together and meet one another. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

Thomas Borwick, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd comments: “We’re thrilled that construction of the new community and youth centre is now underway as it will provide a fantastic new facility for Kingsmere residents and the wider Bicester community. It was a pleasure to host Victoria Prentis and Councillors on Friday, they have been involved in the project and it is great that they were so keen to come and see the start of construction. This marks another big step in the evolution of Kingsmere and once completed, the Community and Youth Centre will be a major hub for our residents.”

Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “As new homes go up in Bicester it is right that the council and developers plan for the life of the new communities that are being formed, providing places for people to come together. It was a pleasure to be invited to the start of construction of the new community and youth centre and I am confident that these new facilities will help Kingsmere’s residents live happier and more fulfilling lives.”

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen to bring this new community centre to the Kingsmere community. We have experience of delivering community projects of this type and we are very pleased to be working with Countryside Properties to create a new space for local people to use and enjoy.”

Kingsmere is quickly establishing itself a modem village, with excellent community and educational facilities served by unbeatable transport connections. The development is home to a selection of house styles ideal for a range of homebuyers, provided by multiple homebuilders, including Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Persimmon. The community centre is due to be completed and in full use in early 2018.