The original Oxford House dated back to the 1950s and was a contemporary example of offices above retail. Before demolition it was the tallest building on the eastern end of Oxford Street. The site is adjacent to an Elizabeth Line station and is being transformed into a prime location for office and retail.
Orms’ new Oxford House scheme will transform the quality, quantity, profile and flexibility of the retail space. The original building had an office entrance on the Oxford Street frontage, separating independent retail units at ground and basement. At the rear there was a large service yard with a car parking deck. This rear land however had 2 major constraints – rights of light and access routes passing across it to neighbouring buildings.
The new building will:
- – Create a fully flexible retail offer on 2, 3 or possibly 4 levels, with multiple subdivision options on width and size
- – Optimise the permitted building volume for upper level office space, with fewer, better and bigger floor plates and a stunning shared terrace at roof level.
- – Have a space efficient delivery yard with a turntable to serve both Oxford House and Holden House
- – Position the retail units and office entrance on adjoining streets to separate their very different needs