Slade Barracks development

There are two separate developments on the old Territorial Army Barracks site in the Slade:

  • 72 new houses and flats
  • A student block with 350 ensuite rooms and 24 self-contained studios. This block was bought by the Gatehouse Bank in Kuwait for £28.95m. Oxford Brookes University will nominate the tenants in the block, and the bank will get a 9.63% annual return on its money. (As a Sharia-law compliant bank,Gatehouse only puts up money for projects which meet moral standards laid down by Islam, and cannot invest in anything related to gambling or alcohol.)
  • Oxford Mail, 3 November 2010:
    Islamic bank snaps up Brookes block of student flats
History of the development

Berkeley Homes bought the old Slade Barracks site for £11 million (of which £8 million went to Oxford City Council and £3 million to the Ministry of Defence).

Berkeley Homes was originally granted permission in June 2008 to build 353 student study bedrooms and 72 houses and flats on the site (07/02261/FUL).

A second, revised planning application for the site (increasing the number of student rooms in the development from 353 to 374) was approved in 2009 (09/01205/FUL and 09/01553/CND). The entire project was funded jointly by Unite Group and Julian Hodge Bank.

Press reports
The Territorial Army, and the Memorial and the Museum

The Territorial Army’s 7 Rifle moved from the Slade to Dalton Barracks in Abingdon in 2008. The South African War Memorial is the centrepiece of the new TA centre.

The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Collection housed in Headington is packed up and will eventually be rehoused in a building next to the museum in Woodstock.

© Stephanie Jenkins


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