Pre-planning consultion, July 12 2019

3. Arrangement on Site

1. St Barnabas Church 2. Piazza with art work at centre 3. New access to St Barnabas Church 4. Community boatyard, workshop, laundry,elsan and overnight accomodation. Community sports and dance hall, changing facilities and rooms for rentable income. 5. Community cafe, shop and exhibition space 6. Phase 2 development of pre-school and meeting facilities 7. Terraced townhouses 8. Bridge with disabled access chairlift and cycle groove 9. Apartments above ground floor car parking 10. Detached townhouse 11. Affordable apartments within redeveloped community building

Posted - Jul 23, 2019

The spatial arrangement of buildings and surrounding space is generated by the existing grain of the immediate locality. The general informality of the local streets (albeit very regular) is juxtaposed by the formal presence of the Grade 1 Listed Italianate St. Barnabas Church, in the Arts and Crafts style. The formation of a piazza which allows the church a formal frontage also creates a common space where the community centre is strongly represented as well as allowing the cafe to spill outside on a south facing facade.

The layout creates a sense of place generating active frontages and links to a focal area celebrating not only the church but the widening of the canal and connections to the tow path. The balance of activity befits the nature of the area being semi-urban and peripheral to the density of the city. Hence the piazza is to be designed without being overly formal yet provides a pleasant sense of place with secure overlooking.

The formation of a piazza which allows the church a formal frontage also creates a common space where the community centre is strongly represented as well as allowing the cafe to spill outside on a south facing facade.

The balance of activity befits the nature of the area being semi-urban and peripheral to the density of the city Hence the piazza is to be designed without being overly formal yet provides a pleasant sense of place with secure overlooking.

View from balcony adjoining the sports hall across the square.

Housing
The terraced housing on site is made up of three storey units with three bedrooms, an active frontage on both sides means the dwellings address both the inner aspect and the canal front. 

The scheme also incorporates affordable housing with a mix of one and two bedroom apartments that sit within the existing community centre building. 

Two car club spaces are provided on site as well as an area of covered parking with charging facilities for electric cars.

Boatyard
The boatyard must cater for a maximum boat length of 72ft and width of 7ft. This will accommodate two boats with a dry dock system, similar to that which was originally placed on the site in 1974 when it became a repair yard.

Alongside this is it will accommodate a wet dock as well as a workshop, boaters shop and laundry facilities. A new winding hole will be created to facilitate the turning of boats on this section of the canal.

Importance of the Boatyard
It is now 13 years since the loss of the boatyard in Jericho. Every year there are more boats that sink due to lack of essential maintenance and part of the reason for this is a lack of a local boatyard in which this maintenance work can be performed. Boats and narrowboats in particular represent one of the few truly affordable home examples in the area, which is why they have become a more popular option.

Narrowboat dwellers tend to be among the less wealthy members of the Oxford community but nevertheless they are often people who provide essential services to it. A survey of boats and boaters taken in 2012 revealed that more than 100 boats were moored within the City’s boundaries, housing around 180 people including teachers, social workers, gardeners and others from less well paid professions.

Community Centre
The community centre will sit to the north of the site,  giving a frontage on the waterfront and visibility and access from the central piazza. The community space provided will also include a cafe, situated adjacent to the church and a Community Pre-School, with access from Cardigan Street. This will also incorporate a spor hall, dance hall, meeting facilities, exhibition space and counseling rooms.