Westgate Oxford Alliance has selected architectural firm BDP to prepare and lead the masterplan of the £400m Westgate Centre development and adjacent land in the UK.
Westgate Oxford Alliance is the joint venture between the Crown Estate and Land Securities.
BDP, which will be lead architect in the group of five architects selected in a competition, will submit an outline planning application mid-2013.
The mixed-use development will form a new quarter on a 5.6ha site to the south-west of Oxford city centre.
Plans for the Westgate Centre include residential apartments, 70 new shops, a rooftop terrace, a basement car park with over 1,000 spaces and a vehicle servicing centre.
The development will retain the existing library and add a 10,000m² John Lewis department store.
The masterplan is based on a group of individual blocks, which are planned to be designed by a selected team of architects.
BDP said covered streets will open onto the surrounding streets of Oxford and offer a protected route leading from the existing high street to the new John Lewis department store.
The east-west lanes will pass through the development, forming connections between the Castle Quarter and the nearby colleges, and between adjacent residential areas on either side of the site.
The shopping and leisure facilities are planned to be arranged with two public levels and a third level roof terrace overlooking the city roofscape of towers and spires.
Construction work is expected to commence at the end of 2014 and complete in 2017.
Image: The mixed-use development will form a new quarter on a 5.6ha site to the south-west of Oxford city centre. Photo: Courtesy of BDP.