Northgate Oxford


Visualisation by MICA Architects for new shop fronts and university accommodation on Oxford's Cornmarket.

New shop fronts are being developed in part of Oxford's shopping street - Cornmarket - as a result of the University's Jesus College, remodelling its Northgate buildings (above) and street frontage.

Cornmarket is a jumble of historical styles, having a Saxon church at one end, a 14th century timber framed building, completed in 1386 as the New Inn and a collection of 18th and 19th century building and modern day shop fronts. In 2002, it was voted Britain's second worst street in a poll of listeners to Radio Four's the Today programme, due to the paving of the street into a pedestrianised zone.

The city has felt the effects of the enormous changes in retail due to online shopping and customer demands. Recently the £500 million project partnership between the Crown Estate, Land Securities and the two Oxford councils has seen the rebirth of the tired 1960's W