Retail design delivery at new Westgate Oxford centre

Launched on 24th October, the retail destination offers shoppers a choice of over 100 stores and 25 food and beverage units, including a flagship John Lewis department store, Primark store and 5 screen cinema. 

Primark appointed Prosper to carry out the Architectural services for the fit out of their new 39,300 sq. ft. retail store within the redeveloped Westgate centre.

Initially tasked with carrying out a feasibility study for Primark and assisting with landlord negotiations, Prosper’s studio went on to produce architectural drawings and store layout. As part of the full architectural service, the team coordinated the fit out of the store, liaising with the client’s consultants to make sure the space was designed to specification and in line with Primark’s latest store design standards.

In addition to the architectural work undertaken for Primark, Prosper also worked closely with French opticians Acuitis to implement the concept design and format for their store at the Westgate centre. Acuitis’ Oxford branch is the third to open in the UK. Working collaboratively with the main contractor, Prosper delivered a very tight programme to ensure the fit out met the high standards required by the client. The project’s logistics presented a further challenge as the team had to work inside the developer’s site alongside over 80 other retailers who were fitting out their stores at the same time.

Elsewhere in the Country, another retail and leisure destination had its official opening last month, enjoying a footfall of around 10,000 shoppers by lunch time. The Lexicon, a £240m development in Bracknell, has revitalised over 60% of the town centre, making way for 70 new shops and restaurants. The retail design delivery for this ambitious project was also undertaken by Prosper.

The project’s logistics presented a further challenge as the team had to work inside the developer’s site alongside over 80 other retailers who were fitting out their stores at the same time.

For more details about this service and how we help landlords create thriving retail destinations by maintaining standards in their commercial centres, please visit our website.

Jodene Barron-Alcock

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