Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
South West England
Oxford City Council
BDP / Gillespies
Granite, Prima Porphyry and Yorkstone
Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford reopened in October 2017 after a £440m redevelopment.
In addition to the complete refurbishment of the old Westgate centre, there were also significant public realm improvements involved in the redevelopment. The destination shopping centre covers around 800,000 sq. ft (74,300m2), 11,000m2 of which is new paving.
For Hardscape one of the main challenges faced when supplying material to the scheme was keeping the granite consistent with the sample panels presented.
Short lead-ins from procurement as new areas were released for construction meant that Hardscape had to deliver to exacting requirements. This was overcome using two different solutions.
Administrators worked closely with the site team to process over 70 individual orders, each accompanied with cutting schedules to the various factories quickly.
Flamed and brushed granite was used internally for the arcades, featuring two different colours (Kobra and Royal White). The same granite had previously been supplied to other schemes in Oxford as it provides excellent technical characteristics and aesthetic consistency.
An estimated 11,000m2 of paving was supplied for the project, including Granite, Prima Porphyry and Yorkstone. Granite colours such as Kobra, Royal White, Portington and Crystal Black were used both internally and externally.
For the public spaces and streets around the Westgate centre, Gillespies specified Hardscape black granite kerbs for the roadways and some edge and step ramping, along with granite cladding for a large raised planting area and seating wall. The Yorkstone was supplied by Johnson Wellfield Quarries Ltd.
A vibrant retail and leisure experience has been created along with improved public realm spaces within a historic city setting.