Westgate Centre, Oxford

Westgate, Oxford is a retail-led redevelopment transforming and significantly extending the existing Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. This new shopping destination, to the southwest of the city centre, comprises of five buildings designed by individual architectural practices and coordinated by masterplan architects BDP.

The design brief required a measure response to the historic city centre whilst providing a retail space that fulfils contemporary visitor expectations. Allies and Morrison are responsible for the design of Building 3 a 25,000 sqm building at the heart of the development.

A key design challenge has been to appropriately balance the scale of the building within this sensitive urban context, enhancing the character of Oxford whilst achieving a coherent identity for the new Westgate Oxford as a whole. The design of the building elevations, lanes and central arcade were critical to achieving this balance – outward-looking, responding to the existing context and scale of adjacent residential buildings; inward-looking, to create the character of the new arcade and adjacent squares. Material and colour choice have been important aspects of the design process, carefully selected and coordinated as a contemporary response to the historic identity and textures of Oxford.

A generous covered arcade connects two public squares to the north and south, providing an animated pedestrianised space with shops operating over three storeys. A cinema and restaurants with terraces are located at roof level, capitalising on the views over the historic city skyline.


Bob Allies, David Calvert, Simon Fraser, Graham Morrison, David Sharpe, Mike Slade, Mammad Tabatabai, Alex Teoh


The Westgate Oxford Alliance
Land Securities
The Crown Estate
Oxford City Council
Masterplan and Common elements architect
Building 1 and 1A architects
Glen Howells Architect
Building 2 architects
Panter Hudspith
Building 3 architects
Allies and Morrison
Building 4 architects
Dixon Jones
Structural engineer
Services engineer
Hoare Lee
Landscape architects
Gillespies LLP
Fire consultant
Jeremy Gardner
Quantity surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Planning consultant
Turley Associates
Access consultant
David Bonnett Associates

Gareth Gardner



Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre

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