The Westgate shopping centre in Oxford, which includes the GHA-designed John Lewis, was a double winner at last night’s RICS South East Awards, winning in the Commercial category and then scooping the overall Project of the Year award.
Designed to revitalise the Westgate Shopping Centre, the wider masterplan was designed by BDP and consists of a series of individual urban blocks, knitted together by a series of public spaces and urban fabric, allowing the shopping centre to operate as a single entity. GHA designed the John Lewis department store which forms the key retail component of the new masterplan, while other sections were designed by Allies and Morrison, Dixon Jones, and Panter Hudspith.
Judges commended the work of the project team, Gardiner and Theobald, JV – BDP Masterplanner, Westgate Oxford Alliance (LandSec and The Crown Estate), as well as the architectural team in successfully integrating the new buildings within a surrounding area of smaller properties and reinstated the routes of previous historic streets.
Studio Director David Henderson who led the project at GHA said “We are delighted that the real collaborative effort which we were part of in creating the Westgate Centre has been recognised by RICS South East with not only the Commercial award but also as the coveted Project of the Year. The award citation recognises the successful integration of a large and complex project into the historic fabric of Oxford, providing a new architectural legacy for the city and acting as a catalyst for further regeneration. It is a great tribute to the entire project team and the client.”
The project will now go forward to the RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final in October.