|Title:||Westgate Oxford, Oxford, UK|
|Markets:||Retail and Workplace|
|Client:||Westgate Oxford Alliance (Land Securities & The Crown Estate)|
|Team:||Gillespies | BDP | Glenn Howells Architects | Allies & Morrison| Dixon Jones | Panter Hudspith|
A sensitive and coherent public realm for Westgate Oxford, a major retail-led mixed-use development in the heart of historic Oxford.
Westgate Oxford is a new landmark leisure and retail destination in Oxford City Centre, providing over 100 retail units together with 30 restaurants and cafes. The scheme consists of four urban blocks that are tied together 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 together. 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, as well as viewing areas that overlook the City