Oxpens development


Overhead view of potential Oxpens development


Oxpens is one of the most significant development opportunities in the city centre and has the potential to make a valuable and substantial contribution to the life and economy of Oxford. It is closely interlinked with the neighbouring station site and the process of selecting a development partner is expected to conclude in 2019.

We have produced a Supplementary Planning Document masterplan which sets out how the site - between Oxford station, Westgate Centre and the river - should be developed. 

Oxpens provides an opportunity to deliver:

  • 300 or more houses and flats
  • 10,400 square metres of offices and research and development space, supporting the knowledge economy and creating a new business and education quarter
  • A 155 bedroom hotel
  • Public square and open spaces
  • Flood mitigation measures.

The development is also expected to bring benefits for neighbouring residents such as improved public transport and better vehicle, cycle and pedestrian links to the city and surrounding areas, including a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the river linking to Grandpont and Osney Mead.

The site is largely owned by OxWED, a joint venture between Oxford City Council and Nuffield College. Oxpens Meadow, which is close to the site, has been designated a Field in Trust which protects it from development.