Work begins on sports facility at Great Western Park

Date: Thursday 09 July 2015

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Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire and David Wilson Homes have hosted a ground-breaking event at Great Western Park in Didcot, where the first sod was cut to mark the beginning of works on the new sports pavilion at the development.

Tim Betts, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire and Simon Kirk of David Wilson Homes joined Paul Costello from Didcot Cricket Club and David Slade from Didcot Rugby Club to carry out the ceremonial cutting with an engraved spade, made especially for the celebratory event on Friday 19th June.

The building project is being delivered by experienced local contractors Claude Fenton (Construction) Limited and is due for completion in June/July 2016.  

The sports pavilion will be a two-storey building boasting a first-floor bar and a viewing terrace set within Boundary Park.

Members of Didcot Cricket Club and Didcot Rugby Club, who will be using the new sports facility, also attended the ceremony along with members of the local community including; Jayne Bolton from South Oxfordshire District Council, Cllr Steve Connell for South Oxfordshire District Council and Didcot Town Council Ladygrove Ward and Cllr Ron Milton-Eldridge for the Didcot Town Council All Saints Ward.

John Louth, Taylor Wimpey Project Director for Great Western Park, says: “This is a great project to be involved in, as this wonderful new community facility will inject even more life into an already vibrant development.

“The cutting of the first sod and the beginning of preliminary works on this new facility at Great Western Park signals another step forward for this exciting new development.   

“We’re very excited that work has now commenced on the sports pavilion, which we hope will be enjoyed by many people from the local area.”

Visitors to the ground-breaking ceremony enjoyed reception at the Great Western Park visitor centre, where they were offered the opportunity to learn more about the plans for this exciting new sports venue.

Further information about Great Western Park is available by visiting