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Lidl’s new store on Hayes Way, Patchway to open on 5th December

Posted on Sunday 24th November 2019 at 3:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation of a proposed Lidl store on Hayes Way, Charlton Hayes.

Discount retailer Lidl GB has announced that its new store on Hayes Way in Patchway is to open on Thursday 5th December.

Plans for a new supermarket at the Charlton Hayes site were first aired in October 2017, ahead of a round of informal public consultation. A planning application was made in November of the same year and planning permission was finally granted by South Gloucestershire Council in February 2019.

Customers are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8am and will be offered the chance to sample some of Lidl’s award winning products throughout the day, along with exclusive deals and offers on selected products for the first week of opening.

The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans across Great Britain and has created up to 40 new jobs for the local community. The store has a 1,325sqm sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, a customer toilet, baby changing facilities and 158 car parking spaces including 2 electric vehicle rapid charging points. The store construction also incorporates 600 solar panels reducing the store’s predicted energy consumption by 44 percent.

Lidl GB’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever, commented:

“We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Patchway. We have received excellent support from many local residents who currently have to travel out of Patchway, or Charlton Hayes, to complete their weekly food shop. We have also worked closely with South Gloucestershire Council to design a store befitting to its surroundings, including taking design inspiration from a neighbouring heritage aircraft hangar, and constructing artwork designed by Bruce Williams depicting a Concorde in flight at the pedestrian entrance to the site.”

“It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

The opening of the Lidl store in Patchway comes just 20 months after the German supermarket group opened an outlet in the former B&Q building in Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford.

More: Map showing location of the new store »

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Airfield transformation set to get under way

Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 10:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation of part of the proposed Brabazon development.

The first major construction contract to transform the historic former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood has been awarded to a West Country firm Vertase FLI, based in Portishead.

The historic former airfield – the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel – is set to become a new urban community, known as Brabazon. Vertase FLI will carry out the necessary enabling works so that construction can begin later this autumn.

The first phase of new homes at Brabazon, to be built on a parcel of land close to the Trust Ford car dealership on Hayes Way, have been designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The architecture of the 278 new properties reflects the heritage of the site, with the rooflines at Brabazon designed to echo the profile of an airplane’s tail-fin while also maximising light for the homes’ energy-efficient solar panels.

The announcement of the first contract by YTL Developments comes almost exactly 70 years after the Brabazon – the visionary aircraft from which the new neighbourhood takes its name – made its first flight. The Brabazon first took off from Filton Airfield on 4th September 1949, in the process testing new technologies that paved the way for modern commercial aviation as we know it today. Brabazon is designed to live up to that legacy, creating a place for the next generation to live, work and thrive.

The works entail the excavation of over 18,000 cubic metres of earth, weighing over 38,000 tonnes. That’s equivalent to the weight of 300 Concordes. Vertase FLI has designed the works to be as sustainable as possible, ensuring that all of the excavated material will be reused on site.

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North Fringe’s newest primary officially opened

Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of headteacher Neil Lankester cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

A new primary school has opened in the Bristol North Fringe to serve the growing demand from housing developments surrounding the former Filton Airfield.

Charlton Wood Primary Academy in Charlton Hayes was officially opened on Friday 13th September by head teacher Neil Lankester and South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Cllr Erica Williams.

The school has been built on the Northfield part of the former airfield in Charlton Hayes, Patchway at a total cost of £6.25m and is being run by the Endeavour Academy Trust. It has been funded from Section 106 contributions that the council secured from housing developers who are building new homes on the former airfield.

In its first year, Charlton Wood Primary Academy is providing places for 90 pupils in Reception and Year One. Each year, 60 additional places will be created at the school until pupil intake reaches a maximum capacity of 420 in 2025.

Cllr Williams said:

“It is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art new school open to its first intake of students, in the heart of this new and growing community. Improving educational standards is our number one priority in South Gloucestershire and we want to make sure that our pupils have the best school facilities available that we are able to provide.”

Headteacher Neil Lankester said:

“The children have made a really great start to the school year and it has been lovely to finally see them engaging in learning on our fantastic site. Our founding families have been very supportive and we look forward to the year ahead!”

More: Council plans record investment into schools »

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Patchway Community School Post-16 exam results

Posted on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of four students pictured after receiving their results.

Post-16 students at Patchway Community School have recorded 100 percent pass rates at A-level and in vocational subjects.

Outstanding individual performances highlighted by the school include:

  • Jack Palmer achieved A in English literature, B in history and B in politics, and will be studying politics & international relations at Aberystwyth University
  • Hannah Evans takes up a place at Cardiff University, having gained B in textiles, B in business and B in English literature
  • Megan Humphreys will be studying fashion design & sportswear at Falmouth University, having achieved A* in textiles, C in product design and BTEC Merit in applied sciences
  • Carter King takes up a place to study accounting & finance at Exeter University with his results of B in accounting, B in finance and C in mathematics
  • Bradley Allen heads off to Cardiff University with B in sociology, C in finance and BTEC Distinction in media

Individual subjects that performed strongly this year include:

  • English literature, with 67 percent of grades A*-B
  • Mathematics, with 67 percent of grades A*-C
  • Sports studies and media studies, with 100 percent of grades BTEC Distinction or Merit

Head of Post-16, Ian Trevarthen, commented:

“Patchway students’ superb outcomes are a reflection of their determination and resilience.  I am exceptionally proud of these achievements and would like to thank our dedicated staff who worked so hard to prepare students for their examinations. Our students have bright futures ahead of them as they progress to university and higher apprenticeships and we wish them every success.”

Photo (l-r): Megan Humphries, Abigail Taylor, Simone Skidmore and Hannah Evans pictured after picking up their results envelopes.

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