Vision of Oxford's Westgate shopping centre's £400m future revealed

Vision of Westgate Centre's £400m future revealed

A new artist’s impression of the planned Westgate Centre development showing the proposed view south from Norfolk Street, including the proposed John Lewis department store

The proposed view south along Norfolk Street

The proposed South Arcade

The proposed view from Turn Again Lane into Greyfriars Place

How a block of flats alongside the Castle Mill Stream could look

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NEW designs for the £400m Westgate Shopping Centre have been released today by the developers behind the scheme.

It starts the final phase of public consultation, which will run until Monday and follows an exhibition in April.

The Oxford Mail can reveal new aspects of the scheme, including the facade of the planned John Lewis department store, set to be built on land currently occupied by part of Norfolk Road, and a multi-storey car-park.

An extra bicycle parking facility is also set to be added near to Turn Again Lane, close to an already-planned “cycle hub”.

And more shops are to be included on the side of the shopping centre facing Thames Street.

Under the revised plans there would be 70 new shops, a rooftop terrace and a two-storey basement car park with about 1,000 spaces. And up to 120 homes will be included, as well as a pedestrian route linking the site with Oxford Castle Quarter.

If approved, building work could start early next year.

Westgate Oxford Alliance development manager Sara Fuge said: “We had a very positive response to our consultation on the emerging designs in April and have spent the last few months progressing these ideas.

“We are now very excited to share the final detailed designs and I hope lots of people can find the time to take a look at them.”

The developer, which was formed by the Crown Estate and Land Securities, has hired five architectural firms and one landscaping firm to work on the plans.

They are said to have taken inspiration from Oxford’s famous college buildings, with two of the firms involved in designing of the Oxford Castle Quarter and the Said Business School, respectively.

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Sara Fuge

The scheme received outline planning permission from Oxford City Council in March, which approved the development in principle, and the developer will approach the council next month for the final approval needed for the designs.

But concerns still remain about what effect the scheme will have on the city’s public transport system.

Oxford Civic Society chairman Peter Thompson said: “Our biggest concern remains the means by which the anticipated 25 per cent increase in visitor numbers will travel to the city centre.

“So there is going to be an enormous amount of buses on Castle Street and we find it difficult to seehowthat will also work well with cyclists wanting to use the roads.”

Shoppers and businesses around the shopping complex were yesterday positive about the plans.

Pembroke College student Joe Fowles, 20 said: “It would be really good to see some better shops in Oxford. I’m all in favour of this scheme if it improves the current situation.”

And Fabiana Oliveir, manager of Art Cafe Oxford, said the redevelopment could bring him new customers.

He said: “The new designs are gorgeous, it really looks like it will be a big revamp.

This is what Oxford needs, though I wish they wouldn’t take so long.”

If the plans gain approval, the council said work could start by early next year.

The public exhibition runs from 10am to 5.30pm today, tomorrow, Saturday and Monday, in the Westgate Oxford Alliance unit, opposite The Works Shop, in the Westgate Centre.

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10:00am Thu 17 Jul 14

faatmaan says...

and with all these added cycling facilities it will mean more people will be able to visit this centre, make their purchases and cycle home with their new purchases in carrier bags hanging off their handlebars, which in the highway code it is not allowed , but seldom prosecuted, another blind eye turned by the law . Again the motorist who would be able to carry their purchases in a safer manner are gradually being moved away and could be the final straw in attracting new customers to the new Westgate centre which will need to able to prove a definite increase in footfall and profitability to incoming new tenants.
and with all these added cycling facilities it will mean more people will be able to visit this centre, make their purchases and cycle home with their new purchases in carrier bags hanging off their handlebars, which in the highway code it is not allowed , but seldom prosecuted, another blind eye turned by the law . Again the motorist who would be able to carry their purchases in a safer manner are gradually being moved away and could be the final straw in attracting new customers to the new Westgate centre which will need to able to prove a definite increase in footfall and profitability to incoming new tenants. faatmaan
  • Score: -17

10:15am Thu 17 Jul 14

## Nonny Mouse ## says...

Scraping the barrell on anti-cycling guff there my friend.

Google 'Pannier' or 'Basket'. Wondrous inventions.

Back on topic - Nice to see the latest set of pretty pictures.... Show me some engineering plans and an order and I might actually start to have faith in this project.
Scraping the barrell on anti-cycling guff there my friend. Google 'Pannier' or 'Basket'. Wondrous inventions. Back on topic - Nice to see the latest set of pretty pictures.... Show me some engineering plans and an order and I might actually start to have faith in this project. ## Nonny Mouse ##
  • Score: 15

10:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

andy1975 says...

This does all sound very impressive and is much needed for Oxford.
This does all sound very impressive and is much needed for Oxford. andy1975
  • Score: 4

10:44am Thu 17 Jul 14

sablond oxford says...

What about the library? they never mention that in any of the stories. will this be included in the new building or relocated?
What about the library? they never mention that in any of the stories. will this be included in the new building or relocated? sablond oxford
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Loopyjupey says...

Oh wouldn't it be lovely if they revamped library at the same time? Something like Worcester's public library would be lovely and a great community facility
Oh wouldn't it be lovely if they revamped library at the same time? Something like Worcester's public library would be lovely and a great community facility Loopyjupey
  • Score: 3

5:46pm Fri 18 Jul 14

robbo81 says...

the consultation period for this has taken longer than the entire build of westfield white city. Oxford is a shambles. Hurry up and build it. screw the civic society (who are they anyway) or the busmans holiday association, or the cycling numbnuts r us society or anyone else. Just get cracking already.
the consultation period for this has taken longer than the entire build of westfield white city. Oxford is a shambles. Hurry up and build it. screw the civic society (who are they anyway) or the busmans holiday association, or the cycling numbnuts r us society or anyone else. Just get cracking already. robbo81
  • Score: 1

9:36am Sat 19 Jul 14

Citizen Sunday says...

robbo81 wrote:
the consultation period for this has taken longer than the entire build of westfield white city. Oxford is a shambles. Hurry up and build it. screw the civic society (who are they anyway) or the busmans holiday association, or the cycling numbnuts r us society or anyone else. Just get cracking already.
Or, over in China, the consultation period will be longer than the Chinese take to build a whole new city for a quarter million people from scratch!
[quote][p][bold]robbo81[/bold] wrote: the consultation period for this has taken longer than the entire build of westfield white city. Oxford is a shambles. Hurry up and build it. screw the civic society (who are they anyway) or the busmans holiday association, or the cycling numbnuts r us society or anyone else. Just get cracking already.[/p][/quote]Or, over in China, the consultation period will be longer than the Chinese take to build a whole new city for a quarter million people from scratch! Citizen Sunday
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Sat 19 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

have the CPRE Oxford branch waded in yet?
have the CPRE Oxford branch waded in yet? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

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