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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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