Firms on the lookout for serviced offices in Oxford may be pleased to note that plans are afoot for a new development incorporating working spaces.
According to a report in the Oxford Mail, Oxford City Council intends to completely redevelop the Oxpens area of the city. As well as offices, the project will include housing, shops, a hotel and a public square.
The news source noted that plans to develop the site have been “in the pipeline” since 2003. However, they now look set to go ahead over the next couple of years.
Currently, the 2-acre site contains an ice rink, petrol station, Royal Mail delivery office and a number of local companies.
Under the plans, they will all be razed to the ground to make way for the new offices, shops and housing.
Town planning firm David Lock Associates revealed the proposals in the Oxpens Masterplan and a public consultation is expected this summer.
Council leader Bob Price said: “It is a very ambitious plan because this is the largest undeveloped part of the city centre and it is crucial that it is done in a way which is attractive and sustainable. In terms of the overall conception, this is very firm and we would like to see it developed in this format.” He also noted that building work could start in 2015 if the project gets the green light.
Meanwhile, the council’s executive member for city development Colin Cook added: “I think this will move the centre of gravity of Oxford further west and will be a benefit to the city as a whole.”
Regardless of whether or not the building scheme goes ahead, firms can look for serviced office rental in Oxford by heading online. This can be an efficient and effective means of sourcing the perfect working spaces.