Work starts on Southam sports hub

A computer-generated image of the what the new stadium will look like. NNL-141108-122148001
A computer-generated image of the what the new stadium will look like. NNL-141108-122148001

Building work is underway on a housing development which will deliver long-awaited new facilities for Southam United FC and Southam Bowls Club.

Bloor Homes is redeveloping land in Banbury Road which is currently home to both clubs. Their current facilities will be demolished to make way for the Southam United Sports and Community Hub, as well as 236 new homes.

The hub will include a new stadium to accommodate up to 2,000 spectators, two full-sized football pitches, a hub building and car park. A new pavilion, bowling green and car parking will be provided for Southam Bowls Club.

Vanessa Macnee, regional sales director for Bloor Homes, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Southam United Football Club and Southam Bowls Club on this collaborative project.

“As well as providing a range of high-quality family homes to meet the needs of local people, the development will deliver tangible benefits to the wider community.”

Construction work has begun on the sports facilities and the first phase of homes. The new sports facilities could be open in time for the 2016/17 football season.

The last of the homes will be built once the sports clubs have relocated and their existing buildings have been knocked down.

A launch event for house-hunters was held at Dallas Burston Polo Club, near Southam, recently.

Bloor Homes is also donating £1.5 million in contributions to support local infrastructure and services. This will include more than £1 million for education and around £500,000 for bus service improvements, libraries, public open spaces, public rights of way and sustainable travel welcome packs for residents, together with wildlife habitat creation.