Council hosts public engagement event on 1-5 George Street redevelopment proposal

Published: Thursday, 7th June 2018

Public engagement event will showcase draft redevelopment plans.

The City Council is inviting key stakeholders, residents and the wider public to a two-day event at Oxford Town Hall from 22-23 June 2018 to view plans, provide feedback and ask questions regarding its proposal to redevelop 1-5 George Street in the city centre.

The event will showcase the Council’s draft plans and will be held in The Long Room from 3-7pm on Friday to 9am-1pm on Saturday. At both times, members of the project team will be available to answer any questions on the proposal.  This event is part of the pre-application process.

Most of the business operators who hold tenancies in the Council-owned building have now moved out and security hoardings have now been put up outside the property. The Council is finalising its review of designs and will consider submissions from the public engagement event before submitting the planning application in July or August.

The £9.75 million redevelopment scheme will provide approximately 3,500 sq ft of retail and restaurant accommodation at the lower levels with approximately 17,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation on the upper levels.

After undertaking detailed assessments the Council is pursuing an exciting new office development, rather than refurbishment of the existing building. 

Councillor Ed Turner, Board Member for Finance and Asset Management, said: “The Council is keen to hear your views and answer your questions regarding this exciting project to provide high quality office accommodation and retail space for businesses wanting to remain in a central location. It has great potential to attract new businesses into the area and add to the vibrancy of the city centre economy, as well as provide a significant return to the City Council on its investment, helping safeguard the funding of our vital frontline services.”