Developer targets Spring start for 800,000 sq ft city centre leisure and retail scheme

Artist's impression of the Westgate scheme

Artist’s impression of the Westgate scheme

Land Securities is gearing up for a Spring start on construction of its 800,000 sq ft Westgate shopping centre scheme in Oxford city centre.

The scheme - which includes over 100 stores, 25 restaraunts and cafes, a cinema, a roof top terrace and public spaces - won planning permission in November.

A spokesperson for Land Securities said the contractor appointment is still being finalised and will be confirmed imminently.

The project team includes Allies & Morrison, Dixon Jones Architects, Glenn Howells Architects and Panter Hudspith, with the process being overseen by Westgate masterplanners BDP.

Occupiers confirmed include John Lewis, Next, Primark, Curzon Cinemas, H&M and Superdry, with the development now 28% pre-let.

Land Securities is developing the schem in joint venture with the Crown Estate.

Robert Noel, chief executive of Land Securities said - “Today we’ve taken a significant step towards creating our vision for a world-class retail and leisure destination in Oxford, having worked hard with our customers and the community to shape the right scheme. Alongside our growing list of customers, we are committed to creating a new Westgate Oxford which not only complements the city’s beauty and heritage status but also enhances its global reputation as a great place to spend time.”