24 NOVEMBER 2022

Professor Chris Whitty visits Grosvenor’s Barton Park

On November 18th England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty joined representatives from Grosvenor and Oxford City Council on a visit to Barton Park.

Professor Whitty’s visit was part of a tour of projects participating in Oxfordshire’s Healthy Placeshaping programme.

Barton Park, a joint venture between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor, has been a demonstrator site for the NHS Healthy New Towns programme, showing how better places can support healthier living and address longstanding health inequalities in this area.

The project includes 885 homes, of which 40% are for social rent, alongside major new community assets – from a new primary school and sports pavilion, to allotments and a ten-acre park. These hubs are designed to support the coming together of new residents with the existing neighbourhood of Barton.

As well as a masterplan to support outdoor exercise, walking and cycling, Grosvenor has worked closely with NHS teams and the council to look at how services are delivered.

Rupert Biggin, Project Director, Grosvenor Property UK said: “As master developer for Barton Park, one of the 10 NHS Healthy New Towns, we laid the groundwork for healthy living by building the infrastructure that would encourage walking, cycling and active lifestyles right at the start of the project.

“By partnering with the council to understand and respond to what local people wanted, we believe Barton Park shows how new places can create healthier and better-connected communities.”

Councillor Louise Upton, Oxford City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Transport, said: “Barton Healthy New Town aims to create an innovative and sustainable way to improve health and wellbeing and was showcased at the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities Conference in 2018. The overall aim of is to give all residents equal opportunities to achieve good physical and mental health outcomes. 

“As well as creating a built environment that has health and exercise designed in, we’ve got new ways of working with healthcare professionals, and we’re supporting the community to get more active in its own wellbeing. Grant funding has provided things like a breakfast club for children and young people and a Community Cupboard to improve food access, and there has been more targeted healthcare support for people with long-term conditions and high users of healthcare.”

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We are a values-led business which represents the Grosvenor family and share a common purpose - to deliver lasting commercial, social and environmental benefit - addressing today’s needs while taking responsibility for those of future generations.  

With a track record of over 340 years, we work to improve urban property and places in many of the world’s leading cities, promoting sustainability within the built environment and enhancing the wellbeing of customers and communities. 

Our UK property business supports c1,000 businesses and tens of thousands of residents and workers across London’s West End each day. We also invest in, create and manage sustainable neighbourhoods in Liverpool and across England. As a 1.5oC aligned company, pioneering change and new ways of thinking about property we aim to ensure our places benefit both people and the planet over the long term.

Matthew O'Connell

Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager


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