Part of an ambitious £500 million project to rebuild Oxford’s tired Westgate shopping centre and revitalise this part of the city, GHA’s store for John Lewis is a shell and core design to be fitted out by the retailer’s in-house team.
The four-storey store (above car parking) replaces a multi-storey car park and presents more contextual, crafted facades to the city that reference, in their massing and detailing, both classic department store architecture and the local townscape. This is the second building that GHA has produced for occupation by John Lewis, following an earlier project in Exeter.
The client for the 5.7 ha project is Westgate Oxford Alliance, a partnership formed by Land Securities and The Crown Estate. GHA has also designed a 59-unit residential scheme as part of the wider development.