FLAMMABLE cladding on the John Radcliffe's trauma building could finally be replaced.

Other building projects in Oxford this week include a new Iceland Food Warehouse, and a luxury pool house and basement cinema.

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A JOHN Radcliffe Hospital building which was vacated after a review into cladding after the Grenfell Tower fire could be re-clad in a safer material.

The trauma unit at the hospital was decanted of its 52 beds because of the fire risk of cladding on the outside of the building.

This followed a review of the JR estate in 2017 in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire to check the cladding on hospital buildings.

Now a new 48-bed adult intensive care unit is being built next to the trauma centre.

When this is completed, the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to clad both buildings in a safer alternative to the hazardous materials currently covering the building.

A design statement written on the trust's behalf says this will allow the building to 'resume operating fully as quickly as possible'.

Preparations for the work have already started

Planning reference: 21/01004/FUL

A BULK buy version of frozen supermarket specialist Iceland could be coming to Oxford soon.

Plans for shopfront signs for the Food Warehouse were approved by Oxford City Council this week.

The Food Warehouse is a brand operated by Iceland which allowed shoppers to buy items in bulk.

Proposals for a refrigeration plant to cool goods in the warehouse-sized supermarket have also been approved.

The Food Warehouse will move into Unit 1 at the Oxford Retail Park on Ambassador Avenue, an empty building previously occupied by Mothercare.

Planning references: 21/00410/ADV; 21/00409/FUL

THE owners of a private school have agreed to pay £119,006.60 to Oxford City Council for the privilege of adding two extra floors to their accommodation building.

Cherwell House is an accommodation block owned by the private school Cherwell College which teaches GCSE and A-Level students.

It was given approval to build two extra stories on top of the accommodation block which sits off Osney Lane last year.

Alterations have been made to plans for the cladding of the existing building to bring it in line with plans for a copper cladding on the finished extension.

A contract for a contribution towards the public purse, known as a section 106 agreement, was also revealed in the plans, showing how much the college will pay to the city council.

Planning reference: 20/01139/FUL

A POOL house, gym and basement cinema could be built at a house on Jack Straw's Lane.

The plans for the extensions to the five-bedroom house on the road, which is full of large detached properties, were received by the city council this week.

A planning statement to support the application said: "The proposed pool house has been designed to respect the outlook and privacy of all surrounding houses and their respective private gardens."

Planning reference: 21/01008/FUL

PERMISSION has been granted for Oxford University to keep a giant cupboard full of hand sanitiser on a patch of waste ground.

The metal storage container sits on the vacant plot in the middle of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

It was placed there without permission because the University needed a quick supply of sanitiser during the first wave of the pandemic.

Planning reference: 21/00790/FUL