Projects > St Aldates
- Client: Carlyle Group
- Services: Architecture
We were appointed by the Carlyle Group to develop proposals for a layered mixed-use regeneration scheme to incorporate retail, office uses and student accommodation, arranged around a new open-air pedestrian lane between Queen Street and St Aldates in the historic centre of Oxford.
The removal of key buildings on adjacent street frontages facilitates the demolition of a mish-mash of structures currently at the centre of the site, opening it up for regeneration around a new pedestrian lane across the corner of the existing city block.
This lane will be lined with a range of retail units, with a new anchor store on the primary street frontage and will enable the potential expansion of an existing large retail store from an adjacent site. Existing street frontages will be mostly retained as office use above retail, with contemporary new insertions to signal the entrances into the development from surrounding streets.
Student accommodation is located above the retail uses; early meetings with University Colleges determined a generic, robust brief to satisfy their requirement for distinctive, self-contained student accommodation comprising 100 rooms arranged in a cluster format with flexibility to cater for vacation conference use. The layout is over two floors around a sequence of high level outdoor routes and external amenity spaces with two independent entrances located away from retail frontages.
The development aims to create an environment that properly reflects the area’s historical and social value and establish a new and worthy focus of activity for the city, students and visitors alike.