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HDD delivers £15 million district centre

A new £15 million (c. €17 million) mixed-use development in Oxfordshire, with occupiers including a major supermarket chain and High Street retailers, has reached practical completion, property developer Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) announced on 29 November. The district neighbourhood centre at Didcot boasts an Asda supermarket, 10 retail units, a public house, 20 apartments, a children's day nursery, a dentist surgery, chemist and a care facility.
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It has been delivered by HDD as part of a residential development of 3,300 homes at Didcot's Great Western Park. Anchored by an 11,000 sq ft Asda store, other secured occupiers in the 9,400 sq ft of ancillary retail space include Domino's, Costa Coffee, an estate agent, vets and a hairdresser. The public house has been sold to Marston's PLC, while Bright Horizons has purchased the nursery plot. Retirement house builder McCarthy and Stone has delivered Extra Care housing.

All of the residential units have been acquired by Oxford City Council as social housing. Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) acquired the Asda supermarket, while the retail units – which have all been pre-let - have been acquired by Oxford and Oriental Limited.

Located in the heart of Great Western Park, the district centre forms the social and retail hub for the parks' residents as well as the wider Didcot population, catering for the day-to-day needs of the community. The entire site should be operational by the end of the year. Construction of Great Western Park began in 2011. Currently more than 1,600 homes are occupied, with completion of the whole site scheduled for 2022.