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Location Client Cost Size Completion
Oxford, UK Westgate Oxford Alliance (Land Securities & The Crown Estate) £440m 76,727 sqm GIA 2017

Project details

BDP led the masterplan for the major retail led mixed use development requiring the project to be seamlessly stitched into Oxford’s historic city fabric. The masterplan is based on individual buildings integrated with the streets of Oxford by a network of covered streets, lanes and arcades which are all naturally ventilated. BDP is also the lead architect in the selected collaborative group of architects for the scheme.

In addition to leading the team, BDP has been responsible for the design of all the common areas which is the glue joining all the buildings together, including three distinct glass covered urban spaces plus a two storey underground carpark and service yard. BDP has designed the glass roofs over each space, which will let in maximum daylight and are both elegant and complementary to the architecture of the different blocks without overwhelming them.

To achieve an overall outcome of such a high order at Westgate must have required relentless determination, and BDP’s careful orchestration of the architectural teams has resulted in a series of rich and engaging contributions to the city.

Ian Latham Architecture Today


  • masterplan a new retail quarter to the south west of Oxford city centre
  • lead the select group of architects for the scheme


  • a masterplan that responds to Oxford’s heritage and grid of streets
  • a world class destination which attracts shoppers from across the region
  • exciting and engaging retail and leisure which will uplift Oxford’s visitor experience

Integrated services

masterplanner, architecture lead, interior design, lighting