Plans for revolutionary leisure, food and beverage destination at Castle Quay unveiled

By June 27, 2019CQ Development

Castle Quay is pleased to announce a game changing new anchor for the shopping centre in Banbury  –  Lock29. A unique, creative leisure space filling 30,000 sq ft of the former BHS store, this vibrant food and beverage anchor will reinvigorate this empty space and create a new destination within the town.

Opening later this year, Lock29 will offer something currently not found in the region. As the phenomenon of street food continues to sweep the food industry, the diverse offer within Lock29 will provide something for the whole of Banbury and beyond. Taking its name from the Banbury Lock, it will be a one-of-a-kind leisure destination that seeks to bring the town’s history into the new venue and offer an experience like no other.

This new focus for Castle Quay will feature diverse and exciting food and drink artisans, and a casual screening venue for secret cinema clubs and educational activities. There will also be space for events open to the whole community, and a distinctive independent retail offer that binds it all together.

The local community will have its first taste of Lock29 later this year when the screening venue opens, showing films and educational programmes for children.

Cllr Tony Ilott, Lead Member for Financial Management & Governance at Cherwell District Council, commented: “Lock29 marks the next step in a new chapter for Banbury town centre. Lock29 is part of the wider vision to breathe new life into the canal side destination and rethink a critical, abandoned space with a creativity that will benefit the entire community.

“It will complement the forthcoming Castle Quay Waterfront development, with both offers working together to enhance Banbury’s wider appeal. Overall, these new leisure-led offers will help to attract visitors and investment into the town while making Banbury a better place to live and work.”

Castle Quay Waterfront will act as a link between neighbouring sites such as the Spiceball Leisure Centre, The Mill and the existing Castle Quay shopping centre, improving connectivity within the town centre and ensuring a dynamic evening economy for residents and visitors alike.

Alongside these new developments, a series of improvement works are scheduled for the shopping centre, including the introduction of adult changing spaces to ensure that Banbury town centre is accessible to everyone.

Lock29 is a well-being destination for the community, a completely unique and creative space that will pay homage to its hometown, whilst reaching out to visitors from far and wide. You can be part of the story now by following Lock29’s development online and on Instagram. | @Lock29.Banbury