Westgate detailed designs gain approval from Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council has resolved to grant permission for the Reserved Matters submission for Westgate Oxford Alliance’s £500m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

26 November 2014

The Alliance, a joint venture between us and Land Securities, has spent four years preparing the plans and undertaking extensive consultation.

The, 800,000 sq ft retail-led mixed use development will have a 13,000 sq m flagship John Lewis as its anchor department store, and is due to open in late 2017.

 The new Westgate will provide space for shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure uses including a boutique 5- screen Curzon Cinema, set in a mix of covered streets, arcades, lanes and squares.

 The existing Westgate will be completely refurbished and adjacent land to the south redeveloped to provide:

  • Around 70 new shops including a 3 floor 13,000 sq m John Lewis department store
  • New cafés, restaurants and leisure uses including a 5 - screen Curzon Cinema;
  • A mix of new open and covered streets and public squares/spaces;
  • Roof top terraces with views over the city;
  • Two storey basement car park;
  • New cycle parking;
  • 59 new homes;
  • Walkway along Castle Mill Stream;
  • New public conveniences;
  • New shopmobility facility;
  • Retention of the existing Oxford Central Library;
  • 3,400 new jobs.

For the detailed designs Westgate Oxford Alliance brought together four of the country’s finest architects – all with highly impressive track records of designing great new buildings in order to design world class buildings of variety and quality to integrate the new development in to the city’s historic setting.

Sara Fuge, Development Manager, Westgate Oxford Alliance, said:  “We are delighted with the positive decision from Oxford City Council. 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.”

 Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This is an excellent step forward for Oxford city centre. This will revitalise the area and bring much needed jobs and investment. I am greatly looking forward to the work starting.”

The 800,000sq ft (74,300 sq m) development is due for completion in autumn 2017, with the scheduled commencement of works to start on site in early 2015.