Hannah / 23.10.18 / sent 17:23PM
72 retailers connected in two weeks.
James / 23.10.18 / sent 17:40PM
Amazing job. Great to see the strategy realised.
Creating the UK’s most sustainable retail centre is no mean feat.
The £440m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre in Oxford was a pioneering project in a myriad of ways – not least in shaping the future of retail design and construction, along with environmental commitment and community consultation.
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Building trust between developer and local authority, and forging links with local interest groups, was at the heart of the approach to the Westgate Oxford scheme, creating consensus and genuinely shared objectives.
Director, Tim Burden, Turley
Getting one of the largest schemes to be delivered in Oxford in more than 20 years through planning required a collaborative and considered effort from all involved. Landsec’s ambitious whole-life carbon target was pioneering – committing to reduce the amount of carbon produced from both the centre’s construction and from its first 30 years in operation. If we could help to realise this aim, it would result in the lowest carbon retail-led scheme in the country.
Designing out waste.
Our Sustainability team produced a blueprint sustainable strategy to harness the many social and environmental targets, and craft a number of key objectives that all parties agreed to. Our Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) supported the scheme through some incredibly tough planning approvals, along with leading a strategic and committed approach to sustainability from concept right through to successful completion. Landsec is even using the initiative on its future projects.
The Westgate wow-factor (for us engineers at least!) was the delivery of a super-efficient energy loop, which has one of the largest deployments of centralised air source heating of its kind in the UK. It enables both energy sharing and effective use of an electricity grid, which means Westgate can continually reduce its carbon impact for the foreseeable future… and lowers operating costs for all the retailers.
A game changer.
Since opening, visitors and residents alike have flocked to Westgate. Thanks to the centralised energy loop systems, the roof area didn’t need a localised plant. The saved space was instead used to provide a restaurant area, with panoramic views across the city. The result is more than just a spectacular new space in which to meet, eat, and shop, but also a significant boost to the local economy, with approximately 3,500 jobs created. It’s well-deserving of its description as ‘game-changing’, providing the city centre with a long-term sustainable retail heart.
Westgate transforms the retail landscape for the city and the country as a whole.
>30,000 tonnes of embodied carbon emissions saved
1,000 cycle parking spaces
>99% landfill waste diversion rates
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We now have a regionally competitive shopping, eating and entertainment destination, creating thousands of new jobs and supporting the exponential growth of tourism in Oxford
Councillor Bob Price, Oxford City Council
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