Work on a multi-million pound sports pavilion being built by construction services firm J Tomlinson is well underway at Kingsmere in Bicester.
Cherwell District Council appointed contractors J Tomlinson Ltd to undertake the £3.2m design and build project at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.
The facility will service the pitches at the Sports Ground, where a wheelchair-friendly track for cycling and running, and outdoor fitness equipment, are already available to the public. The pavilion will include changing facilities, a kiosk, licensed bar, kitchen and function room.
Martin Gallagher, managing director (construction) for J Tomlinson, said: “As a company with an established heritage in building a wide range of different developments for both public and private sector clients, J Tomlinson is very pleased to be working on our first contract for Cherwell District Council.
“The sports pavilion at Kingsmere will be a key building for the local community, providing a purpose-built sports pavilion with changing facilities, function suite and bar facilities, and as such is due to provide an important hub for residents.”
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “The vision behind this pavilion is to create an inspiring and modern environment to complement the exciting new tracks and pitches at the sports ground.
“It will be a flexible facility; as well as the traditional sports applications, people will be able to socialise over a drink, and attend events in the function room.
“We are delighted with the progress so far and look forward to the project’s completion in summer.”
The Sports Ground will occupy a site of over 17 hectares, provided by Kingsmere developers Countryside. The facility was named Whitelands Farm Sports Ground following a two-week public vote which spanned social media, websites and emails, and recalls the site’s former farmland use.
Based at Beeston, near Nottingham, J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management. It operates mainly across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
For more information about J Tomlinson, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk