Westgate Oxford

Oxford, UK

Westgate Oxford

A sensitive and coherent public realm for Westgate Oxford, a major retail-led mixed-use development in the heart of historic Oxford.

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Westgate Oxford is a new landmark leisure and retail destination in Oxford City Centre, providing over 100 retail units and 30 restaurants and cafes. The scheme consists of four urban blocks connected by a network of high-quality public spaces and refashioned streets.

Gillespies worked alongside lead masterplanner BDP and a further four architectural practices in the delivery of Westgate Oxford.

The public realm consists of a framework of streets, lanes, arcades and public spaces that operate as a single coherent entity, connecting the four individual urban blocks. The masterplan comprises a north-south spine of arcades with east-west lanes that correspond with the surrounding city streets and public spaces where they intersect. The approach to the design of the streets sensitively integrates with historic city fabric.

A publicly accessible roof terrace, with planting by Gillespies, offers a variety of cafes and restaurants and viewing areas that overlook the City.