Town Council shares first pics of new Victoria Park cafe
Last week we shared news with you that Newbury Town Council has submitted a planning application for a new cafe to replace the existing kiosk in Victoria Park.
Today Newbury Town Council has shared an update on the proposals on the community café, which will be funded through a combination of a public works loan and contributions from developers (Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levies).
They say the proposed Community café will be bigger than the existing kiosk, with a footprint roughly that of the kiosk and the adjoining store. It will have a toilet with baby changing facilities and disabled access, as well as male, female and disabled toilets for users of the Park.
The building will feature a specialist Changing Places facility with hoist and changing table. It will also be a base for the CCTV hub in the Park and have facilities for our tennis coaches.
Full height glazing and bi-fold doors would be used to open up and connect the building to the surrounding park and views to the play area and beyond. It will be made of traditional timber clad construction, with a modern twist, and the new building will fit in the same position as the existing buildings which will be demolished to make way for this improved facility.
Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said: “There have been plans to build a new modern Community Cafe in the park for quite a number of years. Our planning application is an important milestone in this process. The Park has undergone some major refurbishment and additions over the last few years, and this would be the finishing touch to Newbury’s ‘Jewel in the Crown. The Park is also a key element in Newbury’s pedestrian and cyclist routes, offering safe passage to the Town Centre from all directions.
He continued, “At the forefront of these proposals is the Council’s commitment to provide a Café that will operate 364 days per year and will be an important and valuable community hub for the Town. In accordance with our green credentials, we also want to ensure that the new building is designed to enable carbon neutral operation. The design proposals include solar electricity generation and air source heat pumps for heating. We also have a target to gain BREEAM Excellent and carbon neutrality for the design and construction of the building. The proposed Community café will be bigger than the existing kiosk, with a footprint roughly that of the kiosk and the adjoining store. It will have a toilet with baby changing facilities and disabled access, as well as male, female and disabled toilets for users of the Park."