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Westgate Oxford Advances with Major New Deals

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9am CET Wednesday 19th November, MAPIC - Westgate Alliance, the joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate, has signed a 5-screen Curzon Cinema and a flagship Michael Kors to its development, Westgate Oxford. The scheme would bring world-class national and international retailers to Oxford, creating the most exciting shopping experience in the city. These best in class brands join an impressive and growing line up including major flagship stores for John Lewis and Next.

Curzon Cinemas has signed a 21,690 sq ft (2,015 sq m) boutique cinema space at Westgate. The leading arthouse cinema chain has redefined cinema going in the UK and brings an entirely new cinematic experience to this heritage city. Curzon Oxford screens will use stunning Sony 4k digital projection set within an architecturally dramatic building positioned above the South Square inside the scheme, and introduces an exhilarating new entertainment hub to the city.

International fashion success Michael Kors has agreed a 2,217 sq ft (206 sq m) unit, marking Westgate’s prestige appeal. The multi award-winning, leading premium American fashion brand’s store is designed to perfectly showcase its impressive range of women’s fashion to the savvy Oxford shopper.

Bert Martin, Development Director at the Westgate Alliance, has welcomed the two new brands to the tenant line-up - “We are creating a world-class retail and leisure destination that will ensure Oxford’s shopping and dining offer is synonymous with its world-renowned heritage status. SecuringCurzon Cinemas and Michael Kors demonstrates the Westgate Alliance’s ability to bring together the very best retail and leisure offer in the city.”

Mel Alcock, Chief Operating Officer of Curzon commented, “Our unique cinema experience fits perfectly with both Westgate Oxford and the city itself. We are extremely excited to be bringing our state-of-the-art, unique offer to such an exciting scheme and to be working with such forward-thinking, ambitious landlords at the Westgate Alliance. Westgate Oxford provides the ideal location and audience for our brand”.

The 800,000 sq ft (74,300 sq m) city centre development is due for completion in autumn 2017. Following the granting of Outline Planning Permission in March 2014, Westgate’s detailed design proposals and Reserved Matters have been submitted. A decision is due in the autumn ahead of the scheduled commencement of works on site in early 2015. 

The design of the scheme is a collaboration between five architectural practices, and reflects a modern, innovative retail and leisure space set in the midst of a world-famous heritage city. As such the centre has been designed to complement and integrate seamlessly with its historic setting. Both the location and design of the scheme responds to high levels of demand from national and international retailers alike.

The development has already secured John Lewis, creating a highly sought after 142,000 sq ft (13,000 sq m) flagship store across 3 floors. The much-anticipated department store was recently voted the ‘Nation’s favourite retailer’ in a Conlumino survey and significantly adds to the scheme’s growing, enviable fashion offer of a 47,393 sq ft (4,403 sq m) Next.

Regarded as the most anticipated scheme in the UK, Westgate Oxford tops the wishlist of cities for retailers to take space in the UK, with its enviable wealthy catchment, international cultural prowess and unequivocally strong status within the global tourism market, attracting over 9 million visitors per year. Westgate Oxford will capitalize on these truly great assets and bring to Oxford a retail and leisure destination befitting this global location.

CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield act as joint retail leasing agents for Westgate Alliance, while Davis Coffer Lyons acts as the food and beverage leasing agent.

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