At an Extra Ordinary Meeting of Bicester Town Council on Monday night the councillors unanimously agreed to accept the proposals form the New Factory for the construction of a café and toilets in Garth Park. The café and toilets will be erected on the foundation slab of the eco demonstration building which was dismantled and moved to Warwick University campus last year.
The new café built of timber will be constructed offsite at the New Factory premises in Milton Keynes and transported to Garth Park for assembly. The café has been designed to reflect the style of the band stand and the turret on Garth House roof. The design will incorporate all the technologies that we have come to be expect from new buildings in Bicester which of course was recently designated a Garden Town. The building will be fully insulated using lamb’s wool to bring it up to passive house standards. It will make use of rain water capture to provide some of the water supplies for the toilets. Local company Zeta Technologies will provide specially designed Photo Voltaic cells to power the LED lighting that they will install in the building. They will also include a new battery storage system to store the power generated during the day to power the lights in the hours of darkness. Heating in the building will be provided by heat reclamation equipment which will take the heat generated by kitchen equipment and patrons to keep the building at an acceptable temperature.
The café will be operated by Savoir Fare (a partner of the New Factory) and will aim to provide an artisan bakery baking bread for its sandwiches as well as selling bread over the counter. They will provide hot and cold food throughout the day to visitors to the award winning park. The café will also offer various other activities including Mother and Baby mornings, reading groups for young children and craft workshops. It is also planned to open some evenings to offer a community facility to Bicester residents.
The café is designed to accommodate up to 100 patrons and will offer wedding catering to those marrying in the Garth Registry Office. It will also be open to cater for those attending the very popular events organised by the Town Council in Garth Park.
The next step will include a planning application to Cherwell District Council and if all runs smoothly lead to the café opening for Easter 2016.
Councillor Richard Mould, Chairman of the Policy, Bicester Town Council would like to thank all those involved for taking the project to this stage, including Town Council staff, colleagues at Cherwell District Council and Bioregional.
This is a very exciting project that will benefit Garth Park and all our residents.