Proposal

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The vision

Welcome to our vision for Catalyst Bicester, a sustainable business community designed to attract technology industries, advanced manufacturing and high-performance engineering companies to Bicester while benefiting the residents and the future economy.

Catalyst Bicester will be more than just a technology park; by unlocking the area to the town’s south, it will provide an impressive gateway for residents and visitors, complete with a health and fitness centre, soft landscaping to include a natural wetland area, alongside the new hotel, all connecting people to their homes and shops.

Find out more about our vision for local residents, businesses and economy and why Catalyst Bicester will have a positive effect on the town and area.

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In the Arc

In the Arc

Bicester is a significant destination in The Oxford-Cambridge Arc for two reasons: its central location within the corridor is why businesses are looking to expand or locate to this vibrant town; and Bicester’s impressive growth plans with 10,000 new homes within 12 years, the population increasing by 2031 from 32,000 to 50,000+, alongside the existing walking, cycle, bus, road, rail and air networks and future planned infrastructure.

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Masterplan

Masterplan

Catalyst Bicester has been allocated for employment development (Use Class B1) by Policy Bicester 10 of the Cherwell Local Plan 2015.

Business demand for Catalyst Bicester is most likely to be for buildings in the range of 10,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft (929 sq m to 2,787 sq m).

Larger requirements for circa 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) can be accommodated.

The total developed area will be circa 25 acres with approximately 290,000 sq ft (27,000 sq m) GIA total business space and the David Lloyd Club located on approximately four acres.

Parking spaces will be in the order of 1:375 sq ft (1:35 sq m)

Local jobs, globally connected

To support Cherwell District’s Council’s clear ambitions for Bicester and the District, Catalyst Bicester will provide knowledge-based employment space for people in a sustainable and vibrant location.

Catalyst Bicester will be supporting the need to reduce the number of residents travelling outside the district for work while being entirely accessible to visitors

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DL View from Pool Terrace
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CGI provided by David Lloyd for illustrative purposes only

New health & fitness club

Operated by Europe’s premier racquets and fitness provider, David Lloyd Clubs, there will be an on-site gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and their renowned tennis courts

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CGI Holiday inn
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CGI provided by NORR. For illustrative purposes only.

Meet, eat and sleep

Occupiers of Catalyst Bicester will be able to use the new Holiday Inn Express, not only for its overnight accommodation, but also its meeting room, conference facilities, and dining.

For a quick bite to eat, Catalyst Bicester will have easy walking and cycling connectivity to the nearby retail parks and town centre.

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A green environment

Sensitive tree planting, soft landscaping and the addition of a wetland area, complete with seating areas, for occupiers to take time out for quiet reflection, outdoor meetings, walking or running.

Once complete, the ecological wetland area will be transferred to and managed by Banbury Ornithological Society which has been part of the planning process.

New pedestrian and cycle links will connect Catalyst Bicester to the upgraded wider routes.

The new buildings will incorporate sustainable construction techniques and be rated by the globally recognised sustainability assessment method, to be BREEAM “Very Good”.

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What it means for Bicester

Catalyst Bicester will be a game-changing technology park giving Bicester occupiers a place to grow and attracting new knowledge-based companies to the area. It will create high-quality employment and reduce out-commuting.

In summary 

  • New knowledge-based employment for Bicester as a key location in The Oxford Cambridge Arc providing up to 1,750 new jobs
  • Encouraging growth in the technology cluster and links with University of Oxford 
  • c290,000 sq ft (27,000 sq m) of workspace in a range of stand-alone buildings within 25 acres of landscaped grounds 
  • £70 million investment in Bicester 
  • Health and fitness centre for the while town 
  • Providing an impressive gateway to Bicester for residents and visitors, with connections to homes, transport, retail and leisure. 
“We are committed to continuing our investment in Bicester, in what will be our fourth major project in the town, through responsible and sustainable development. We are supporting Cherwell District Council’s vision for this land by providing exceptional employment space for the knowledge economy set in a high-quality business community.”
Simon Parsons, Albion Land
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Project team