Westgate, Oxford

The refurbishment of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford is taking shape, with the construction of the structure for the new wall facing Bonn Square.

The proposal is for a new elevation to Bonn Square that takes the form of an independent ‘wall’, an architectural element in its own right. This wall is curved to take the eye round the corner from Queen Street to New Road and vice versa. The wall is constructed of random rubble stone, trimmed with ashlar edging, a material combination that makes reference to the local Lutyens elevation of Campion Hall. Within the wall are double height shop windows and an extended rectangular opening that forms the main entrance to the whole enlarged shopping centre.