RICS South East Project of the Year 2019 – Westgate, Oxford

RICS South East Project of the Year: Westgate, Oxford

The Redevelopment of the Westgate Centre, Oxford Wins RICS Project of the Year 2019

BHC are thrilled that Westgate, Oxford won the South East RICS Project of the Year award. The project will now go forward to the RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final taking place in October.

The steel-framed shopping development has played a major role in the regeneration of Oxford, with the addition of 800,000 ftof leisure and retail space.

The large shopping centre is made of four individual retail blocks connected through the use of public spaces.

Westgate, Oxford

BHC were awarded the 7,000-tonne steelwork contract for the £440 million development from Main Contractors, Laing O’Rourke.

Prior toWestgate, Oxford BHC’s involvement, the concrete shopping centre was partially demolished leaving 3/4 of the three-storey structure to be integrated into the new scheme.

More than 1,000 tonnes of steelwork were utilised to remodel the retained structure to create new and more prominent shop fronts. The remodelled section of the centre connects directly to the new steel-framed extension, comprising of two independent bespoke buildings.

Three large steel trusses weighing up to 33 tonnes each and measuring 25m long were installed into the basement of the extension to create a large column-free space, allowing the area to be used as a service yard.

Each three-storey extension is an independent structure, gaining its stability from a series of concrete cores, bracing and moment frames. A series of steel bridges link the blocks at both second and third floors – the longest bridge spans 22m across the main covered street.

The retail blocks were erected around a 7.5m x 7.8m grid pattern however, as tenant requirements may change over time the columns can be removed to create larger stores.

Over 44,000mof metal decking was supplied and installed including the supply and installation of edge protection to the perimeter.