Architectural watchdog approves revamp of ageing mall
Capital Shopping Centres and LaSalle Investment Management have moved closer to victory in their battle to redevelop and extend Oxford's ageing Westgate Shopping Centre.

The Government's architectural adviser, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), has endorsed The Westgate Partnership's vision for Oxford. The scheme (pictured) was drawn up after earlier plans were rejected on the grounds that they failed to integrate with the rest of the city centre.

In its report, CABE said: 'We are pleased to see that the masterplan has looked at the wider area of Oxford.'

Westgate's design includes a network of streets crossing the site and recreating the medieval street plan. Only at the western end will it resemble a traditional shopping mall, with a gallery of shops leading to anchor tenant John Lewis (situated at bottom of picture).

The proposals still have to be approved by Oxford City Council and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.