The Orchard Centre - Phase II expansion
We are working with owners Hammerson Plc on proposals to expand the Orchard Centre to provide many more retail and dining options for residents and visitors to Didcot's main shopping area.
Construction work on the major £50 million expansion of the Orchard Centre in Didcot began in May 2017, following the completion of necessary enabling works which started in January. This follows the signing of a 250 year lease agreement by Hammerson and South Oxfordshire District Council for phase two, providing up to 21 new shops and seven cafes and restaurants.
Major names already signed up for the 95,000sqft extension include M&S Food Hall, H&M, River Island and TK Maxx, as well as Costa Coffee and Starbucks. The new phase will also see new public areas and an additional 191 car parking spaces. The new shops, restaurants and cafes will open in spring 2018.
The expansion of the Orchard Centre is a significant milestone for the future growth of Didcot town centre, as part of wider plans to transform Didcot into a Garden Town and deliver 20,000 new jobs and 15,000 new homes over the next 20 years.
Existing bus routes serving the Orchard Centre will be rerouted along Station Road, allowing construction on the new shops to begin whilst ensuring that buses continue to provide easy access for shoppers.
The Orchard Centre, which opened in 2005, vastly extended the range of shops and facilities in Didcot with the introduction of a Sainsbury’s superstore, lots of medium and smaller sized shops featuring high street names such as Argos, Game and Next, as well as several cafes and restaurants, a cinema and an arts centre.
Despite Didcot’s excellent transport links, the town's growing population and its proximity to the near-by employment centres like Milton Park and Harwell, the town centre is still relatively small and only has a limited range of shops. Given the size and development of the catchment area it serves we have always intended to make this area bigger and better.
On Wednesday 29 July 2015 our Planning Committee approved a planning application for the expansion of the Orchard Centre which includes more retail units, restaurants, parking, open space and a new gym. For more information please see 'Major boost for Didcot as Orchard Centre £50million expansion is approved'.
Our aim is to create a successful, vibrant, attractive and sustainable town centre for Didcot.
Other town centre projects -
Didcot Gateway - for information about the comprehensive redevelopment of the area opposite Didcot Parkway Station, please see our Didcot Gateway page.
Last reviewed: 04 - 07 - 2017