COMMENT: Let’s make the new Westgate something we are proud of

The Oxford Times: . .

TODAY we unveil images of what the new £400m Westgate Centre in Oxford could look like.

Its design is rather unusual with a curved facade and what architects are describing as a lantern on top of the roof.

For the first time we can see the true scale of the centre – it will encompass a huge area taking out the multi-storey and Abbey Place car parks.

Instead, parking will be underground in the modern shopping centre.

The views from Bonn Square and New Road show just how much it will change and how impressive it will be, altering the look of the centre completely.

It will, hopefully, complement the dreaming spires as well as bringing the city into the 21st century.

Of course there will still be those who object to the development, not agreeing with the design or the impact it will have on transport in the city.

But the investment for Oxford, and all the new jobs it will bring, can only be a good thing. It will be a huge boost to the economy, attracting even more tourists.

Most agree that it’s about time something was done with the tired shopping centre. It has served its purpose, but is now looking dated. Fesh thinking is very welcome.

Now it’s time for the people to have their say on what they think of the vision.

So we hope the public turn out in force to give their views on the designs. It’s their chance to help shape the future of our city and make sure it’s one we are proud of for years to come.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

howardl says...

It wont happen...well, not for another 15yrs...it takes Oxford years to do anything.
then when they do, all other cities have moved on, this city is always years behind the rest
It wont happen...well, not for another 15yrs...it takes Oxford years to do anything. then when they do, all other cities have moved on, this city is always years behind the rest howardl
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Catzpoon says...

This city, for those of us who love it, is head and shoulders above all other cities in Britain .Daft, ill-considered comments, so frequently seen on these gormless web-sites, should not allow the appalling ugliness of almost every modern city in Britain and America to be accepted by the philistines. Thank goodness it takes Oxford years to do anything; beauty is not attained overnight. By the way. Oxford fifteen year hence will be lovelier than you might imagine. Don't be so pessimistic.
This city, for those of us who love it, is head and shoulders above all other cities in Britain .Daft, ill-considered comments, so frequently seen on these gormless web-sites, should not allow the appalling ugliness of almost every modern city in Britain and America to be accepted by the philistines. Thank goodness it takes Oxford years to do anything; beauty is not attained overnight. By the way. Oxford fifteen year hence will be lovelier than you might imagine. Don't be so pessimistic. Catzpoon
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree