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Westgate Oxford
Oxford, Great Britain

  • project The Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre, Oxford
  • architect BDP, Glenn Howells, Panter Hudspith, Allies and Morrison, Dixon Jones
  • landscape architect Gillespies, LDA Design
  • photographer Tom Niven, Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Located in Oxford’s medieval heart­land, the West­gate Centre is an impor­tant shop­ping loca­tion in this south­ern Eng­lish city famous for its pres­ti­gious uni­ver­sity. The shop­ping centre was designed and built between 1970 and 1972 and is today a pop­u­lar shop­ping and leisure loca­tion that, besides numer­ous restau­rants and cafés, also houses a cinema and a 9-hole crazy golf course. The new roof ter­race, with its view of the city, is lit using Lanova lumi­naires and con­sti­tutes a par­tic­u­lar high­light.

The West­gate Oxford was com­pre­hen­sively mod­ernised and expanded during 2016 and 2017 – a project planned by BDP archi­tects. The upgraded centre now covers a sur­face area of around 74,000 m², which has been set aside for shop­ping, restau­rants and leisure activ­i­ties. Oxford City Coun­cil invested around 500 mil­lion pounds in the project which, besides around 100 new shops, includes a cinema, new foot­paths, two squares and 59 new apart­ments as well as a bus route, taxi rank and carpark.

As part of the mod­erni­sa­tion and exten­sion, a ter­race with a bar and restau­rant has been added on the roof of the shop­ping centre that pro­vides a view of Oxford’s his­tor­i­cal sky­line. Design­ers at LDA have used the Lanova 250 LED lumi­naire for the light­ing solu­tion here, with lumi­naires sus­pended in two rows on a cable that con­nects the bar and the restau­rant, immers­ing the seat­ing areas in a pleas­ant and warm light as soon as dark­ness falls.

  • With its illuminated diffuser, which shapes its immediate surroundings, the modern, technical design of the Lanova family stands out during the night time. Its cylindrical shape distinguishes these luminaires, which are available in pole-top, pendant or catenary versions. Optimised light technology makes for maximum visual comfort, and enables ultra-efficient lighting schemes that conform to international standards for a wide range of environments.

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