Heritage

Boswells was Oxford’s largest independent department store, operating from 1738 and occupying this site from 1928 until its closure. The Boswells site includes the 1920s Boswells House at 1-5 Broad Street and is connected to 31 Cornmarket Street, built in 1912.

Reef Group considers it imperative that the proposals celebrate the rich history of the site and promote the legacy of Boswells department store, which is an important part of Oxford’s history. We have taken care to ensure that the building’s iconic frontage is preserved and enhanced. The 1920s exterior which faces onto Broad Street and the Cornmarket Street entrance will be cleaned and repaired, and its famous Boswell & Co signs will be retained.

The renovation of Boswells into The Store Hotel will include the demolition of the existing fourth floor and its replacement with a new fourth and fifth floor. The team have worked collaboratively with OCC officers, Historic England and the Oxford Design Review Panel to ensure the proposals are sympathetic to the celebrated Oxford skyline and do not appear overbearing whilst viewed from the surrounding streetscape.

You can see the steps to producing our design in the attached document. Click here to read more

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