Templars Square Cowley, Oxford, UK


New River


Cowley, Oxford




Mixed Use

Templars Square is a landmark scheme of residential, hotel, car park, and leisure elements, and a complete redesign of the public realm including landscaping, lighting and outdoor seating.

Templars Square is a 1960s shopping centre in the low-scale residential area of Cowley, Oxford. The client wanted to broaden the site’s appeal and protect its value in light of surrounding regeneration.


We worked in close collaboration with Oxford City Council and CABE to imagine the scheme and the potential for development in wider Cowley. Designs were developed using physical and virtual models to help shape the vision and convey our ideas to the Oxford Design Review Panel and Oxford Development Control Officers. Over the course of several meetings, stakeholders gained complete confidence in our design vision, which then translated into a successful planning application.


The result is a landmark scheme. We incorporated a pioneering amount of residential into the project, including having cantilevers over the car park to hit efficiencies.

The development also features new and improved car park facilities, a 71-room hotel, an attractive ground-floor restaurant destination and a complete redesign of the public realm, including new paving, landscaping, lighting and outdoor seating.


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