Historic Blackfriars site in Oxford transformed as 36 new homes built by City Council

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A raft of new homes are now available in Oxford following the completion of a new development. The 36 properties are part of the ‘OX Place development”, launched by Oxford City Council, and are on Speedwell Street.

The development, called Bridges Cross, consists entirely of low-carbon homes, while three-quarters of the development will be affordable housing. Bridges Cross itself is a single block of four to six storeys containing 18 one-bed flats, 17 two-bed flats, and one three-bed flat, all of which have either a private garden or balcony.

There is plenty of history on the development site, too. It used to be a 13th-century Blackfriars friary which was demolished after Henry VIII dissolved monasteries up and down the country in 1538.

A stone coffin was excavated from the site in 2021 following an archaeological dig. Decorated tiling was also discovered on the site with external and internal walls and floors.

The new site is also fit with a “green roof“, a first for OX Place developments. The green roof will insulate the building and absorb rain water, reducing any flood risks on the site.