New Canal Walkway Bridge Opens at Castle Quay
We are pleased to announce that a new canal walkway bridge at Castle Quay is now open.
It connects Castle Quay Shopping with the new Castle Quay Waterfront dining and leisure destination and was declared open to the public today by Councillor Lynn Pratt, Cherwell District Council’s Lead Member for Economy, Regeneration and Property, and Councillor Cassi Perry, Member for Banbury Cross and Neithrop and a member of the Castle Quay Advisory Group.
The bridge is located close to Lock29’s new alfresco dining space and is the latest milestone to be achieved in the regeneration of this canal side destination in Banbury. The bridge will connect the existing shopping centre with the new Castle Quay Waterfront development and Spiceball Leisure Centre.
Banbury’s canal is key to the life and identity of the town, so it was essential the bridge design was sensitive to its heritage. Castle Quay worked in collaboration with the Canal River Trust, as well as Leslie Jones Architects, who are experts in urban renewal and regeneration and designed the bridge. The architects worked to ensure visitors would have a clear view of both sides of the canal, which is why a modern glass balustrade has been incorporated. Additional steps have been added if you are approaching from Tooleys Boat Yard, to make use and access as seamless as possible.
The bridge was manufactured in the UK and delivered to site as a complete piece, which was then craned into position.
The first phase of the redevelopment launched in August, including a brand-new 30,000 square foot Lidl and 117 room Premier Inn. Both are performing exceptionally well, with footfall high throughout the week at Lidl and visitor numbers consistently strong at Premier Inn.
The Light will be opening a high-quality entertainment experience in Easter 2022 including a state-of-the-art 8 screen cinema, a leisure offering with 10 lanes of bowling and a sun terrace overlooking the canal. The Waterfront will also include several restaurants, which are set to open at the beginning of next year, all of which will create an amazing new leisure destination in Banbury.