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Timeline of events for the regeneration of John Barker Place

In January 2021, our development partner Jarvis Contracting Ltd started preparing the site of the old play area for the building work and put hoarding up around the area which is Phase 1 of the development. They have also included a contractor’s area at the rear of the site as shown in the preparation phase plan below. 

The old play area is now closed to the public and a new pedestrian route has been put in place around the site area from Freemans Close so residents can still access John Barker Place.

Satellite view of John Barker Place before development  

Here’s a summary of the work that will be carried out:

Upcoming work 2021

Gas supply work

Jarvis plan to start gas supply work on Monday, 8 November which will require the partial closure of the road along John Barker Place. The work will continue for approximately two weeks and will be phased to prevent too much disruption. A traffic management system will be in place throughout this time to allow continuous access along John Barker Place whilst the works are underway. There will also be restrictions to parking in the area and access along the paths.

External Works:

  • Completion of concrete pour for Phase 1 building
  • Erection of scaffolding around Phase 1 building
  • Continuation of substation installation
  • Brickwork to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Continuation of roofing works
  • Window and door installation
  • Balcony and canopy installation
  • Solar panel installation
  • Internal pipework and cabling installation to Phase 1
  • Gas works are scheduled to take place in October. We will give notice of any pedestrian management measures that may be put in place due to potential pathway disruption.

Internal Works:

  • Start of mechanical and electrical installation
  • Installation of the lift
  • Plastering, carpentry, tiling and decorating
  • Completion of structural shell and core to the retail units to allow full fit-out.

Aerial views

Our construction partner, Jarvis has shared aerial pictures showing progress on the development of John Barker Place in August .

John Barker Place development August 2021

Overall development phasing

Phase 1 will see us provide new homes and shops on the site of the old play area at John Barker Place and we expect this to be completed by Summer 2022. The second phase (Phase 2A) will see new homes provided in the current block of flats and shops beside the play area and we expect these to be available by Autumn 2023.

We have also received outline planning permission for additional new homes in a third phase of the development and we will be able to share more information around proposals for these homes later in 2021. Here’s a summary of the phasing:

Satellite view of John Barker Place showing phased development


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