Construction work has started at the former Market Place Mews (Gardiner Place) with the first half of foundations being laid while the archaeological dig completes on the other half of the scheme.
The first phase of the retail, leisure and living destination is now underway to deliver 14 retail units and 14 apartments to the town centre.
Archaeology works started back in October and the extensive dig has uncovered many items including the remains of a 13th Century well and Spanish and German pottery from the 16th-17th Century. Closer to the buildings on Market Place, the presence of an 18th or early 19th Century apothecary has been uncovered with items such as pestles, medicine jars, glass phials and tooth brushes found showing the strong influence of London on the people living in Henley.
The final part of the dig is being conducted at the north end of the development site while the beginning of the construction work is starting at the south end of the site. Archaeology works are planned to be completed in February.
Paul Sanders, Project Director for Catalyst Capital comments: “At long last construction of Gardiner Place has started with the foundations marking the next stage in the development’s journey. The archaeological works have definitely uncovered some interesting artefacts and now we can look forward to seeing the development come to life. ”
Gardiner Place will be a multi-million pound retail, leisure and living destination that will provide a much needed transformation of the former Market Place Mews into a destination.
The development is expected to be completed in 2020.