Building work on the massive Westgate Oxford project is due to start in the Spring, developed by a joint venture between Land Securities and The Crown Estate.
Brookfield Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine were also in the hunt for the 800,000 sq ft complex, but an insider told the Enquirer that Laing O’Rourke is now front of the queue for the job.
It will be Laing O’Rourke’s second major shopping centre for Land Securities, after building the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds.
The Oxford scheme will be about twice the size of Trinity and involves building four major blocks in the city.
Demolition contractor Squibb will shortly start demolishing the southern part of the existing Westgate Centre, a multi-storey car park and existing residential accommodation.
Buckingham Group will carry out civils enabling works for the site.
This will make way for covered walkways of new retail space holding around 100 new shops, anchored by a major John Lewis department store.