The flagship John Lewis department store proposed for Oxford City Centre has received planning permission this week. The building forms a major component of the new proposal to revitalise the Westgate Shopping Centre.
The wider masterplan, designed by BDP, includes projects by architects Allies & Morrison, Dixon Jones and Panter Hudspith. It is developed by the Westgate Oxford Alliance (a partnership formed by Land Securities and The Crown Estate, with Oxford City Council).
The store has been designed with the specific architectural heritage of Oxford in mind. A careful study of the local area has resulted in this modern interpretation of the unique historic precedent set by buildings and townscape within the city.
The store is joined by a brand new residential building. Clad in a warm red brick, this building will face west onto Castle Mill Stream while also forming a new street to the east opposite the proposed department store. These buildings will together create natural movement across the site together with enhanced public realm. Containing 59 apartments, many with views out to the stream, the design takes its inspiration from the modern tradition of College halls of residence, such as Arne Jacobsen’s St Catherine’s College.
The John Lewis department store will extend over three floors, totaling 100,000 sq ft of selling space.