New Developments in Oxford to Watch in 2019
Oxford is booming, building on its status as a technological and educational hub to drive city-wide investment. From regeneration projects to entirely new developments, these schemes are designed to provide a raft of new jobs and housing to meet an ever-growing demand. We round up the New Developments in Oxford to Watch in 2019
Despite suffering from the same undersupply occurring across the country, Oxford continues to grow in popularity thanks to the strength of its science and information assets, attracting high-growth companies that can utilise the talented pool of graduates from the University of Oxford.
With 7 million visitors a year, Oxford is a true gateway for the wider Oxfordshire region, helping generate £780million of income for local businesses.
East-West Rail Project
Estimated Completion Date: 2023
A major infrastructural project, the East West Rail scheme will re-establish a rail link between Oxford and Cambridge, improving travel across the entire region. With three individual ‘sections’, the East West Rail project will provide connections to key destinations such as Milton Keynes, Bicester, Aylesbury and Bedford as well as providing more routes to the capital.
With phase 1 of the project already completed and operational, phase 2 is set to begin construction this year and become operational by 2023, allowing services to run from Oxford to Bletchley and then on to Bedford or Milton Keynes.
Growing Bicester Project
Estimated Completion Date: 2030
Though not strictly part of Oxford city, the Growing Bicester project will play a major part in putting Oxfordshire in the spotlight, alongside the Graven Hill project. A 15-year scheme that was adopted by the local council in 2015, the Growing Bicester plan will provide 10,000 new homes, 18,500 new jobs and improve infrastructure.
Growing Bicester will also regenerate large swathes of Bicester including the town centre, Bicester Leisure Centre, Bicester Sports Village and more. The redevelopment of Pioneer Square has made the town centre a shopping of its own, with retail hotspots, restaurants and a multiplex to enjoy.
Trinity House at Graven Hill
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Trinity House represents the very best in green urban living, 69 stunning open-plan apartments that offer panoramic views of the Oxfordshire countryside, overlooking one of the most unique developments in the UK.
The development sits at the heart of a vibrant urban community, situated alongside a number of great retail spaces, pubs as well as a dedicated pre-school nursery, primary school and 1 million sq2 commercial space. Each apartment is created to maximise space, comfort and luxury, combining the very best of city living with the vibrancy of the country.
Oxford Station Masterplan
A project designed by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail, the Oxford Station Masterplan outlines the long-term vision for the rail station and its surroundings.
Acting as a gateway to the city, Oxford Station will be fully redeveloped with a new station building and concourse, completely new rail track, improved public realm and development opportunities around the entrance. Work is currently underway to deliver the Masterplan after beginning in 2013.
One of the most significant developments in the city, Oxpens is closely linked with the station site and will provide a range of residential, commercial and leisure space for Oxford as a whole.
Planning currently outlines 300 houses, a range of shops and restaurants, 10,400sqm of office and research space as well as a 155-room hotel. A public square will be developed and open spaces will be regenerated, improving the flow of traffic around the area.
Oxpens is expected to benefit the entire community, improving public transport links while creating an accessible cycle and pedestrian links around the city to surrounding areas. Work is planned to start this year with a developer also being confirmed.
While official plans are still being submitted, the site at the top of this busy street is currently earmarked for a complex comprised of new restaurants and offices. Fulfilling the demand for Grade A office accommodation at the heart of the city, this site would be designed with businesses wanting a central location.
The development would offer more than double the floor space currently available, increasing from 8,812 sqft to 20,500 sqft. While it would add to the vibrancy of the city centre, the new development would also generate revenues for the council to utilise for frontline services.