Canalside at Oxford North, for clients Hill on behalf of Thomas White Oxford, is a new residential neighbourhood that supports the new Innovation District at Oxford Northern Gateway. Together with commercial, research and laboratory uses, within the larger masterplan, the homes at Canalside create a new local centre - a vibrant and successful extension to Oxford. The masterplan will provide homes, workspace and social spaces that support life and activity throughout the day and evening and enhance transport connections to the wider area.
The new neighbourhood will be well rooted within its context, with strong physical connections linking the site to the ‘Knowledge Spine’ of Oxford. The 317 new homes combine the best of urban and park-side living with immediate access to all facilities. This will be a vibrant place, capturing the essence of this special setting, and embracing and contributing to the overall character of Oxford.
Landscape plays a crucial role in the character of this new place, which sits at the transition between the urban extension of Oxford and its surrounding countryside. Given its prominent location, Canalside will become the new gateway to the city from the north west. The first impression of the scheme is one of hybridity - a merging of architecture and landscape. This approach extends along the A40 corridor and leads into an enormous new neighbourhood square at the heart of the development, with play-space, an apple orchard, exercise stations and a significant events lawn for community gatherings.
PTE provided services from concept through planning stages. The reserved matters application has been resolved to be approved by Oxford City Council’s planning committee at a meeting held on Thursday 22 September 2022.