The £440million regeneration of Oxford’s main shopping centre was undertaken in 4 stages, completely overhauling the dated 1970s structure in order to aid the revitalisation of Oxford city centre. Britplas were involved in stages 1 and 4, including the new 13,000m2, three-storey, John Lewis anchor store.
The Britplas Design team carried out significant work at the pre-construction stage of this project in order to ensure that the unitised glazing system was optimally engineered and that the functional and aesthetic requirements of the scheme could be met. This included the production of a 3D printed curtain walling cross section in order to help the client to understand the benefits and intricacies of our design.
To help reduce the amount of on-site work, Britplas put together a unitised curtain walling package which was assembled and glazed using oversized glass panes off-site, before being craned in.
Due to the nature of the city centre site, access and on-site storage proved a challenge but Britplas worked closely with the main contractor, Laing O’Rourke, to manage day-to-day issues and logistics and ensure a safe working environment and secure storage of materials where necessary.
Products used at Westgate Oxford included Schüco FW 50+ curtain walling, Schüco UCC and aluminium frameless, circle slide and swing operation doors – all designed, manufactured and installed by Britplas in a great example of our end-to-end service and delivery.
The finished shopping centre opened in October 2017 and forms a key part of the regeneration of Oxford City Centre, consisting of 100 shops, 25 restaurants and cafes, a cinema and 61 flats and covering over 800,000 sq. ft. in total.