About the redevelopment
The redevelopment of East Oxford Community Centre will provide more flexible space behind the familiar frontage on the Cowley Road, and will also create a new, highly energy efficient extension. A key aim of the redevelopment is to create a sustainable, cultural hub that is used by a broader range of the community, helping celebrate local diversity, heritage and cultural identity.
East Oxford Community Centre needs to be redeveloped because aging buildings on the site are no longer usable; other buildings in the redevelopment plan are towards the end of their life and in need of significant repair works. Part of the Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre has been condemned and is no longer open to the public, and the old ‘B Block’ has already been demolished.
The project will see the Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre (OCCAC) and the Fusion Arts buildings demolished and replaced with a new three-storey building featuring purpose-built flexible community space and office space.
The Old School building will be refurbished to create a new kitchen, new toilets and more flexible community spaces.
The redevelopment plans follow from a public consultation which showed that the community wanted a fully redeveloped centre. This will be partly funded by housing development on the current Film Oxford (Catherine Street) site and East Oxford Games Hall (Collins Street) and in the current East Oxford Community Centre (Princes Street) grounds.
Community groups at East Oxford Community Centre
Groups that will be based at the redeveloped site include: East Oxford Community Association, Fusion Arts, Film Oxford, Oxford Chinese Community and Advice Centre, BK Luwo, AKCHI, Green Print, The Oxford Action Resource Centre and . Regular activities range from yoga to lindy hop to Friday prayer.
Community engagement event for East Oxford Community Centre housing redevelopment
An engagement event focussed on the housing element of the redevelopment was held in 2020, before the pandemic. This is an integral part of the funding for the new community centre plans, and will enable us to build a multi-million pound centre for the next generations in East Oxford.
The first housing consultation event took place on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at East Oxford Community Centre. View the first draft of the housing plans for the Collins Street and Princes Street sites and the final plans for the community centre that were shown at the event.
Previous engagement events
in 2019 two community engagement events took place to finalise the architectural plans for the redevelopment of the centre, a project which began in 2016. There has been ongoing engagement with community representatives since the project began in the form of reference groups, online feedback forms and social media campaigns.
You can see the versions of the plans we showed at these events here:
- East Oxford Community Centre Site Plans - September 2019
- East Oxford Community Centre Site Plans - November 2019
The final version of the community centre plans, developed on the feedback from the local community, will be also showed at the February event.