On 25th November 2014 Oxford City Council resolved to grant permission for the Reserved Matters (detailed designs) submission for Westgate Oxford Alliance’s £440m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre. The Alliance has spent four years preparing the plans and undertaking extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders. The 800,000 sq ft retail-led mixed use development will have a 142,000 sq ft flagship John Lewis as its anchor department store, it will provide space for 125 shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure uses including a boutique 5- screen Curzon Cinema, set in a mix of covered streets, arcades, lanes and squares.
Work on site is commenced in early 2015, with the new development due to open on 24th October 2017
The Story So Far
In March 2012 Oxford City Council’s West Area Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for the outline plans to redevelop the Westgate Centre.
The plans were approved following detailed public consultation. The outline plans, the first part of a two stage planning process, provides the framework and the development principles for the site which included layout, size of the building and access.
In April 2014 Westgate Oxford Alliance held a five day exhibition to show the emerging detailed designs (Reserved Matters) for the proposed redevelopment of the Westgate Centre and adjacent land.
Following a review of the feedback from the exhibition and other key local stakeholders, Westgate Oxford Alliance exhibited revised detailed designs before the submission of a Reserved Matters planning application in Autumn 2014.
What You Told Us
Westgate Oxford Alliance commenced formal consultation with Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, stakeholders, local politicians and interest groups in early 2012. These discussions and workshops have informed the proposed development.
In April 2014 over 1,100 people attended a seven-day public exhibition at the Westgate Consultation shop to view the initial detailed design proposals for the New Westgate.
Over 168 feedback forms have been received providing views and comments on the information and designs presented. Two thirds of those who took part said they thought the designs of the proposed buildings sat well within Oxford’s historic cityscape. While 71% thought Oxford City Centre would benefit from the proposed development.
We asked local people for their views on the materials used for the new buildings and on the proposed landscaping for the development. 64% said the materials reflected the architecture of the city, while 73% said the landscaping would enhance the Westgate area.
When asked about their Views on a proposed ‘taller feature’ for the corner of Building 4 (on the corner of Castle Street and Bonn Square), 48% of respondents supported the idea, 28% did not like it, while 24% were undecided. Of the 24% the majority expressed support for a taller feature element but wanted to see different design options from the proposal shown.
Reserved Matters Approval
On 25th November 2014 Oxford City Council resolved to grant permission for the Reserved Matters (detailed designs) submission for Westgate Oxford Alliance’s £440m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.
The Alliance, a JV between The Crown Estate and Landsec, has spent four years preparing the plans and undertaking extensive consultation with the local community and key stakeholders. The 74,000 sq M 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 on 24th October 2017
The new Westgate Oxford will provide space for 125 shops, restaurants, cafés and leisure uses including a boutique 5- screen Curzon Cinema, set in a mix of covered streets, arcades, lanes and squares. Work on site commenced in early 2015, with the new development due to open to visitors on 24th October 2017
The plans provide for a retail-led mixed use development which will see part of the existing Westgate demolished and the remainder completely refurbished. While the adjacent land to the south redeveloped to provide:
- Up to 81,922 sq m for shops (approximately 100 new shops) including a John Lewis department store;
- Up to 26,712 sq m for cafés and restaurants;
- Up to 5,986 sq m leisure uses including a 5 screen boutique cinema;
- 59 new one & two bedroom apartments;
- A two storey basement car park providing between 900 and 1,100 spaces;
- Cycle parking;
- A new shopmobility facility and new public toilets;
- A new landscaped walkway along Castle Mill Stream;
- Re-routed bus priority lane along Thames Street, Abbey Place and Castle Street;
- A new taxi drop/pick up at Old Greyfriars Street;
- Two major new public squares;
- Two 24 hour east-west pedestrian routes and one additional 18 hour north-south pedestrian route through the site.
To view the detailed designs exhibited during the reserved matters consultation, please view the Our Plans section and the presentation board links below:
- Floorplan Layouts
- Illustrative Landscaping
- Public Realm
- Building 1
- Building 2
- Building 3
- Building 4
- Common Elements
- A significant £440 million investment providing a catalyst for further investment in the city;
- Create an enhanced retail core to the City Centre, strengthening the West End of the City reducing ‘leakage’ out of the City and encourage more existing shoppers to stay for longer periods;
- Additional expenditure in the City will further enhance the trading vitality and viability of the City Centre;
- Create high quality buildings, designed by world class architects, that are unique to Oxford;
- Provide over 3,000 new jobs (full time equivalents) as well as 600 jobs a year during construction;
- Skills training scheme to be in place to maximise the job opportunities available to local people;
- Increase permeability with the provision of new 24 hour and 18 hours east-west and north-south routes;
- Make £4.3m contribution to the city’s transport infrastructure;
- Create two new public squares, alongside other public space, and a new riverside walk. South Square will also be able to host temporary events/exhibitions