Hawkstone unveils £50m Banbury leisure scheme

Hawkstone Properties has unveiled plans for a £50m waterfront leisure development in Banbury, Oxfordshire, after securing occupiers including a cinema, hotel and restaurant chains.

The CQ2 scheme is being developed on behalf of Aberdeen Asset Management. It is an extension to the Castle Quay Shopping Centre and will include an eight screen cinema, six restaurants, a hotel and food store and is expected to create hundreds of new jobs.

The Light Cinema has been confirmed as the leisure anchor tenant and will be joined by restaurants Handmade Burger Company, Zizzi, Chiquito’s and Nando’s in a canal-side setting. The identities of two further restaurant chains are expected to be confirmed soon, making the scheme 100% pre-let.

Lidl has signed a lease on a 30,000 sq ft food store, while Premier Inn has agreed to open a 117-bed hotel with in-house restaurant.

Construction is set to begin this autumn with practical completion expected in late 2018.

‘Major transformation’

Cameron Murray, of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “These are well-known names and new entrants to the town which will offer a huge amount of variety for existing and new visitors to Banbury. With over £35m being invested, the project will create employment opportunities and will have a positive benefit on the town centre and importantly the local economy.”

Simon Handslip, development director at Hawkstone Properties, said: “We are delighted to be an integral part of bringing this exciting development to Banbury town centre.  It represents a major transformation of the town’s leisure and entertainment offer, and will be a wonderful extension to the already popular Castle Quay Shopping Centre, bringing with it hundreds of new jobs for local people.”

BWD & Jackson Criss are joint letting agents on CQ2.

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