Brand new sports pavilion opens at Great Western Park

Date: Thursday 08 September 2016

WEB - Great Western Park - Sports Pavilion Handover - Local Councillors

The brand new sports pavilion at our popular Great Western Park development in Didcot, Oxfordshire, has been handed over to the local sports clubs who will be using the facility – including Didcot Cricket Club, Didcot Rugby Club and Harwell & Hendred Youth Football Club.

The development consortium, Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire and David Wilson Homes Southern, has spent £2.4 million building the two-storey building, and associated playing fields to benefit the local community. Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils have since handed control of the pavilion and the pitches to the Boundary Park Sports Association.

Boundary Park sports pavilion was officially handed over by the district councils and the development consortium at a ceremony which took place on Friday 2nd September – with local MP Ed Vaizey cutting the ribbon and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

The event was attended by Nikki Gibson and Mary Beck of Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire and Simon Kirk of David Wilson Homes Southern, as well as Paul Costello, Chairman of Boundary Park Sports Association and Didcot Cricket Club, David Witts, Chairman of Didcot Rugby Club, and Paul Lilley, Chairman of Harwell & Hendred Youth Football Club.

Cllr Mike Badcock, Chairman of Vale of White Horse District Council, and Cllr Paul Harrison, Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council were also present.

Speaking on behalf of Boundary Park Sports Association Paul Costello said: “We are really looking forward to watching all three sports clubs make Boundary Park their home.

“The Sports Association has a real desire to make Boundary Park the heart of the community at Great Western Park as local residents get to benefit from these fabulous facilities that have been generously provided by Taylor Wimpey and the two district councils.”

Cllr Mike Badcock, Chairman of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Helping people create their own communities is so important – which is why we work so hard with housing developers to create fantastic facilities like this. It is going to be enjoyed by thousands of young people for generations to come.”  

Mary Beck, Senior Technical Manager for Taylor Wimpey and Great Western Park, says: “We are delighted to have played a part in delivering this brand new facility to the wonderful growing community here at Great Western Park.

“This has been a fantastic project to be involved in and we hope that the new pavilion will inject even more life into an already vibrant development.”

Visitors to the ceremony enjoyed a reception and a sports demonstration at the new clubhouse, which features a first-floor bar and viewing terrace.

Great Western Park will see £60 million invested in transport, schools and other community facilities both within the development itself and the surrounding area.

Over time, the new community will benefit from new primary and secondary schools, shops, community centres, a health centre, open spaces and play areas.

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