Westgate Oxford marks key development milestone with approval of new Lantern for Oxford’s historic skyline

Oxford City Council has approved the plans for key design elements of the £440 million Westgate Oxford development, including a new glass “Lantern” public artwork

The Westgate Oxford centre is set to transform the west end of the city into a 800,000 ft² shopping and leisure destination with more than 100 stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema and a wealth of new public spaces.

As part of the new centre, the Westgate Oxford Alliance, a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate, will develop a new public artwork – a glass Lantern.

Designed as an elegant yet minimal contemporary local landmark, the artwork will be sensitively integrated within the existing Oxford skyline. Westgate also aim will bring a wide range of permanent and temporary artwork to the development when it opens in October 2017.

Sara Fuge, Development Manager for the Westgate Alliance said:

“Today marks a major milestone in the development of Westgate Oxford and we are delighted to receive approval for key design elements including the Lantern.

“The applications submitted received genuine support and positive comment from the public and committee members and our hope is that the new Lantern artwork will become a beautiful element in the historic skyline of Oxford.

“With a growing number of brands already committed to the scheme, and construction well underway, we remain on track to bring a world class retail and leisure destination to Oxford, creating 3,400 new jobs and bringing £440 million of investment in to the city.”

Designed over the last two years by renowned Swiss artist Daniela Schönbächler in collaboration with Dixon Jones Architects, master planners BDP and art consultants Modus Operandi, the Lantern artwork integrates art within architecture, consisting of 78 glass panels with varying degrees of translucence and colour.

The permanently fixed structure will be welded from a rigid yet delicate steel frame, inspired by a beautiful window at All Souls’ College in Oxford.