Oxford Street District E-newsletter

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Oxford Street District newsletter, in this issue we will be updating you on the exciting news from the Oxford Street District programme, including zonal working groups, artistic installations and news from across the district.  

Design and Build contractor announced 

Westminster City Council's ambitious £235m plans, kickstarted with £150m of Council funding, to improve and future proof the iconic Oxford Street District in central London have received an enormous boost by commissioning a joint venture between J Murphy & Sons and Carey Group as the design and build contractors for the area.

The announcement marks a significant step in delivering the council’s ambition for the district that will strengthen its world-renowned status as a great place to live, shop, work and visit.


Walala Lounge in Westminster

Have you visited the Walala Lounge, the colourful outdoor ‘urban living room’ in South Molton Street?

Cllr Tim Barnes the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Skills met with the famous designer Camille Walala and Craig McWilliams CEO from Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, as they unveiled the Walala Lounge installation, in partnership with City Of London. The special 12 months installation has been created to establish a place for people to come together to chat and relax and to see the shopping street from a new perspective. 

It also revitalises and enriches the area’s artistic identity, whilst delivering our vision in creating opportunities to improve the district for all to enjoy.

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Ramillies Photography Quarter

The Photographer’s Gallery held a successful event for it partners, to trial the installation of the photo projection wall, which will form part of the Ramillies project. The project, will be the first work package to be delivered in the Oxford Street District programme, with the works starting this year.

The project will create an appealing, accessible and pedestrian-friendly public space. We will be working in partnership with the Photographers’ Gallery to create a public space that sign posts, welcomes and connects spaces with artistic installations.

This will create a sp
ringboard for a Photographers Quarter, expanding the attractiveness of the district, diversifying its offer and supporting the retail draw. 

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UK's Largest Food Hall 

Oxford Street welcomes the newest and largest food hall in the UK. The famous Market Hall’s flagship venue is Market Hall West End. It's the company's most ambitious site yet, which has taken over the old BHS building, just off Oxford Street.

Covering 35,000 sq ft over three floors, with over 1,000 covers, this impressive space will feature eleven independent food traders, four bars, three dedicated events spaces, a roof terrace and a first-of-its-kind internet TV studio, including a demo kitchen.

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*Photograph: Courtesy West End Food Hall 

Zonal Working Group meetings

Meetings took place last autumn with local residents, representatives from the West End Community Network and local stakeholders including business representatives, land owners and the BIDs.
Officers shared the latest updates in relation to the programme, including information on some of the projects that are gathering momentum.



Selfridges Cinema in Oxford Street

Selfridges have opened their first permanent cinema in their Oxford Street store. 

This will be the first time a department store anywhere in the world is to permanently accommodate such a facility. The three-screen cinema destination will be fitted with the latest state-of-the-art sound and vision technologies to ensure the viewing experience is world-class.

The venue will operate all year round, with film timetables to accommodate evening screenings of the most current releases available – both across a mix of blockbusters and independent films. 

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From retail to office space

Westminster’s planning committee have approved planning applications that will change the retail use of two well-known department stores on Oxford Street.

Debenhams have been given approval to their plans to turn their fourth and fifth floors of its Oxford Street store into office space.

House of Fraser is set to be part-converted into offices, retail and a gym.  A large restaurant would also be built across half the seventh floor, overlooking the world famous shopping district. 

Also new life has been given to the former BHS building with a new market food hall and golf facility that has opened. 

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Elephant sculptures arrive in Marble Arch 

21 bronze life-size elephants have been unveiled in Marble Arch as part of our latest sculpture scheme. 

The herd will remain in the prime London location for one year as part of the Westminster City of Sculpture scheme, enabling Londoners and tourists alike the chance to meet the herd. which have been installed by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to highlight the plight of a species facing extinction by 2040. The sculptures were designed by artists Gillie and Marc. 

The arrival of the elephants is part of our City of Sculpture programme. Launched in 2010 the initiative brings art outside of galleries and onto the streets and open spaces of Westminster. It is a rolling programme in collaboration with local and international galleries and artists to showcase temporary installations of contemporary and traditional sculpture.

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City Plan approved

Westminster City Council has approved its new City Plan 2019-2040, following Full Council’s approval. It will now be submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the independent public examination process. 

Ambitious new policies to create more affordable homes, more jobs and a greener city form the backbone of the new plan – the council’s blueprint for development in the city for the next 20 years.

The City Plan, has been developed following feedback during extensive public consultations and engagement. P
olicies in the Plan for Oxford Street district aim to ensure a sustainable economic future for the area for all users.

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