Published: Friday, 8 December 2023

handover of council flats at St Paul's House in Jericho

Oxford City Council has welcomed the completion of a Lucy Group development revitalising Walton Street with new and modernised homes and new retail space.

St Paul’s House and Cranham House sit on the former site of Jericho Health Centre, which had been boarded up since the practice relocated in 2012.  

Lucy Group bought the freehold of the ground floor which housed the health centre from the NHS in 2015. The council agreed to sell its remaining freehold interest in 2019 to facilitate redevelopment of the entire site. 

Eight flats above the former health centre have been extensively refurbished, with new roof and side extensions delivering a further nine homes. 

The ground floor of the development is now occupied by a 2,745 square foot Sainsbury’s Local store which employs 19 people. 

On Tuesday (5 December), cabinet member for housing councillor Linda Smith took formal handover of five flats in St Paul’s House, which have been leased back to the council for 999 years.  

Three three-bed and two two-bed flats will now be let at social rent to people on the housing register. The remaining 14 homes will be rented privately by Lucy Group. 

Existing flats in St Paul’s House have been upgraded with A-rated gas boilers, new windows and enhanced insulation to improve energy efficiency. 

New flats in the roof and side extensions are A-rated for energy efficiency, with rooftop solar PV panels, an air source heat pump, zone control heating and low energy lighting. 

Feature windows with juliette balconies throughout provide outdoor space while refreshing the building with a modern aesthetic which improves the look and feel of the surrounding area. 

The new top floor features a living roof and a podium level garden – planted with various species to enhance biodiversity - yields further outdoor space for residents. 

“Oxford needs homes of all tenures and Lucy’s redevelopment delivers 17 high-quality flats that will be a delight to live in. Five of these are council homes we’ll let at social rent and every single one will make a life-changing difference to a household on our housing register.”  

Councillor Linda Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing

“Now known as St. Paul’s House and Cranham House, this overdue refurbishment has totally transformed a rather unloved 1970s building and created an impressive piece of architecture in a prominent Jericho location.” 

Ian Ashcroft, Chief Executive Officer of Lucy Real Estate


Picture sure what the Jericho Health Centre building used to look like


Picture showing what the Jericho Health Centre looks like now

(Image before development from Paul Southouse Architects; image after development from Richard Wadey.)

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