20 February 2014
£1.2m facelift for Oxford retail park
Work is taking shape on the £1.2million first phase of a major scheme to renovate West Oxford's Seacourt Retail Park.
The Southern division of The Midas Group, one of the largest independent construction companies in the South West, has begun work on refurbishing and modernising one of the largest buildings at the retail park in Botley to create three new shopping outlets.
This £1.2million project involves units previously housing a carpet and furniture showroom divided into three new stores - the largest of which will become a large Decathlon outlet for the popular sports retailer.
The renovations are the first phase of a major £15m scheme to transform the 1980s Seacourt Retail Park and give it a much-needed facelift, expanding the shopping facility.
Midas Construction is refurbishing a 4,000sqm unit for phase one of the scheme, and building a small extension to create an additional 80sqm of floor space.
Stuart Rowe, contracts manager for Midas Construction, said: "We started work on site in November, and teams are already busy creating three new stores within the existing unit.
"We are carrying out re-roofing works, expanding the overall floor space and laying new flooring, installing partitions to divide the unit into three, and carrying out extensive drainage works outside.
"We are also demolishing the old façade and installing a smart new façade with new brickwork, which will face the customer car park and give a much-needed modern facelift to the building."
The renovations are being organised by Troika Project Management Ltd on behalf of TDH Estates Limited, the asset managers.
Midas Construction won the contract for phase one of the project to revamp Seacourt after successfully completing a number of other projects for Troika, including an £11m major refurbishment of Portswood House in Eastleigh.
Paul Strachan, director of Midas Southern, said: "Midas is delighted to be working with Troika again, and beginning work on the first phase of this important redevelopment of an integral retail park used by many people in the West Oxford area.
"The retail park remains open throughout the renovations, and we are working hard to ensure minimal disruption to shoppers while we undertake the reconstruction works and build the extension.
"The plans are very exciting and will give this retail park a thoroughly modern, refreshed look for the benefit of local shoppers."
The first phase of the renovations is due to be completed by Midas in March 2014.
Picture caption: Stuart Rowe, onsite with construction plans