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Westgate Oxford Alliance appoints Laing O'Rourke as construction partner for Westgate Oxford 2

2 March 2015

The Westgate Oxford Alliance, a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate, today announces the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as the principal contractor for Westgate Oxford, with work due to start on the site in spring.

The £440m development in the heart of Oxford city centre will transform the existing Westgate shopping centre into an 800,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure destination, due for completion in autumn 2017.

Up to 1,000 construction workers will work on the highly anticipated development which, when complete, will create around 3,400 jobs in and around Oxford.

Laing O’Rourke’s 30 month contract is focused on the construction of the shell and core of the three-storey retail centre, together with a 1,000 space underground car park and 61 new residential properties. The project will also involve extensive remodeling of the existing Westgate shopping centre.

Preparatory works at Westgate began in February following approval by Oxford City Council and leasing commitments from leading national and international retailers. The new Westgate Oxford will include over 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema, roof top terrace dining and a wealth of new public spaces.

Steve Coleby, Leader for Laing O’Rourke UK construction business, added: “It is a privilege to work on a scheme of this magnitude that is set to deliver such an exceptional shopping and entertainment destination. As the latest major retail development in the UK, Westgate Oxford is an encouragingly strong indicator of economic recovery and returned consumer confidence in the UK.” Bert Martin, Development Director for the Westgate Oxford Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for such a significant development. Laing O’Rourke’s reputation and expertise, combined with high levels of interest from retailers and leisure operators, contributes to our confidence in Westgate Oxford and the positive impact it will have on this unique city.”

Laing O’Rourke is an internationally focused engineering enterprise. The Group’s recent major retail development projects include the award winning Trinity Leeds, Liverpool One, and Selfridges at the Bullring. It has also recently undertaken modernisation and refurbishment programmes at Sheffield’s Meadowhall and Manchester’s Arndale retail centres.