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£7m cash injection for apartment block closed after RAAC discovery

Town Centre House, Banbury <i>(Image: Google Maps)</i>
Town Centre House, Banbury (Image: Google Maps)

An apartment block which was closed after dangerous concrete was found in its roof will now have £7 million spent on it.

Cherwell District Council evacuated Town Centre House in Banbury earlier this year when it was discovered that the building’s structure contained reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

Widespread structural checks were carried out on public buildings earlier this year when the problems with RAAC were first reported.

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The council’s executive agreed to buy the freehold for the Banbury apartment block in October, before then only owning its leasehold.

Town Centre House, in Southam Road, was originally used as an office block after construction was completed in the 1970s.

It is understood that both the premise’s entrances to its car park are now fenced off with all curtains drawn.

Cherwell District Council has been contacted for comment.

 

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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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