Chapman Taylor appointed as the Delivery Architects on Westgate Oxford, UK

On the 2nd of March, the Westgate Oxford Alliance, a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate, confirmed the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as the principal contractor for their £440 million Westgate Oxford retail and leisure development, with the main construction works set to start in the spring of 2015.

Following this announcement, Chapman Taylor has been appointed as the Delivery Architect supporting Laing O’Rourke throughout the construction stages, which are due for completion in autumn 2017.

The new 800,000 ft² (74,300 m²) retail and leisure scheme will form a new shopping destination in the heart of Oxford city centre. The highly anticipated development will create a contemporary retail environment in four separate building blocks surrounded by new public routes and spaces.  The scheme will include over 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema and roof top terrace dining.

Robin Pinfield, Director at Chapman Taylor, said “Chapman Taylor is one of the UK’s leading architect practices in the design and delivery of built retail environments and we are delighted to be able to work with the Westgate Oxford Alliance on this prestigious project. We have worked previously with both Land Securities and The Crown Estate on a number of major UK developments and bring extensive experience and expertise that adds real value to the project.  We look forward to supporting Laing O’Rourke deliver the vision the Alliance has for this world-class retail and leisure destination.”

The development is expected to generate up to 1,000 construction jobs with a further 3,400 retail positions being created once the centre is completed in 2017. The announcement follows more than four years of preparation, extensive public consultation and the approval of a reserved matters application by Oxford City Council.

For more information contact:
Sean Hosey

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