Westgate, Oxford has been named Project of the Year at the RICS Awards 2019, South East. The scheme was selected from over 40 shortlisted projects to win the Commercial category, before being named the overall Project of the Year, South East. The highly acclaimed title is presented to the category winner that demonstrates outstanding best practice and commitment to adding value to its local area.
The judges praised the sustainable design of the development as well as the connections forged between new public spaces and the surrounding historic streets. Developed by the Westgate Oxford Alliance – a partnership between Landsec and The Crown Estate – the project was designed in collaboration with Lead Architect and Masterplanner BDP as well as Allies and Morrison, Panter Hudspith Architects and Glenn Howells Architects. Dixon Jones worked on the arcade element of the scheme featuring a curved stone wall forming a backdrop to the historic Bonn Square. The wall is constructed of random rubble stone, trimmed with ashlar edging, a material combination influenced by the local Lutyens elevation of Campion Hall.
The project will go on to compete against other regional winners at the National RICS Awards on October 4 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in the Commercial category.