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Oxford's £500m Westgate Centre gets go-ahead

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Westgate Oxford Alliance has won detailed planning for its £500million revamp of the Westgate Centre development in Oxford

The redevelopment of the 40-year-old shopping centre has been masterplanned by BDP and features buildings by Allies & Morrison, Dixon Jones, Panter Hudspith and Glenn Howells Architects (GHA).

Backed by a joint venture between The Crown Estate and Land Securities, the expansion scheme will provide 74,300m² of shopping space as well as cafe’s, leisure space, a five-screen Curzon Cinema and two rooftop terraces overlooking the city. The development will also include 59 new homes.

The design concept of the new shopping centre revolves around ;a mix of covered streets, lanes, arcades and squares and will retain part of the existing centre;.

A 13,000m² flagship store for John Lewis designed by GHA incorporates a ‘robust brick facade’ which is drawn back at various locations in a curtain-like fashion to reveal activity within the store and provide views out.

A ‘delighted’ Sara Fuge, development manager, Westgate Oxford Alliance, said:  ‘We have been working hard over the last four years with local stakeholders to develop a scheme to deliver a world-class retail and leisure destination for Oxford and now look forward to starting work early next year.’

Councillor Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, said: ‘The City Council is satisfied with the detailed designs and we are delighted that the Westgate Oxford Alliance has brought four world renowned architectural practices on board, all of whom have excellent experience of designing high quality buildings in sensitive locations such as Oxford.’

Construction is due to start in spring 2015 and should be completed in late 2017.

Oxford Westgate BDP masterplan

Oxford Westgate BDP masterplan

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