Two projects by Allies and Morrison have been selected as finalists for this year’s Civic Trust Awards. Both projects, The Westworks and Westgate, Oxford included the refurbishment of 1970s-1980s architecture.

The Westworks was originally designed by Scott Brownrigg Turner in the late 1980s as the BBC’s administrative headquarters. Following our re-examination, a series of interventions improved the building’s functionality for its tenants to facilitate collaboration, while aesthetically uplifting its exterior and thus improving the building’s relationship with its surroundings. Read more.

The second finalist, Westgate involved the replacement of a 1970s era shopping centre in Oxford’s historic city centre. We worked collaboratively with masterplanners BDP, and architects Panter Hudspith, Dixon Jones and Glenn Howells Architects, to bring new life to the 5.6 ha site. A new 25,000 sqm urban galleria at the scheme’s heart was designed by Allies and Morrison. It comprises a covered pedestrian street set over two levels lined with double-height shops at upper ground and restaurants.


Image at right courtesy BDP.