Westgate Oxford

Laing O’Rourke has been selected by the Westgate Oxford Alliance as the principal contractor for the £440m Westgate Oxford development in the heart of Oxford city centre, UK.

Work on the three-storey retail centre is expected to commence in the early part of the year and is due for completion in late 2017.

Westgate Oxford Alliance is a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate.

Westgate Oxford Alliance development director Bert Martin said: "We are delighted to welcome Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for such a significant development."

As part of the project, the existing Westgate shopping centre will be converted into an 800,000ft² retail and leisure destination.

Upon completion, the development is expected to create around 3,400 jobs in and around Oxford.

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"Westgate Oxford is an encouragingly strong indicator of economic recovery and returned consumer confidence in the UK."

As part of the 30-month contract, Laing O’Rourke will primarily focus on the construction of the shell and core of the shopping centre.

Additionally, the company will construct a 1,000-space underground car park and 61 new residential properties, as well as remodelling the existing Westgate shopping centre.

The new Westgate Oxford will have more than 100 stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema, roof-top terrace dining and numerous public spaces.

Laing O’Rourke UK construction business leader Steve Coleby said: "It is a privilege to work on a scheme of this magnitude that is set to deliver such an exceptional shopping and entertainment destination.

"As the latest major retail development in the UK, Westgate Oxford is an encouragingly strong indicator of economic recovery and returned consumer confidence in the UK."

Image: The £440m Westgate Oxford development. Photo: courtesy of Land Securities Group.