Project Description

The site forms part of a Grade I listed building, formerly known as the Golden Cross Hotel, which is arranged around a courtyard between Cornmarket Street and High Street with access through a 15th century gateway. The property is in the heart of central Oxford and falls within the City’s Central Conservation Area.

Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was granted in March 2019 for the change of use of part of the ground floor and all of the first floor from A3 restaurant/café use to residential, comprising a 1-bedroom apartment and other various internal alterations.

Project Type

Refurbishment of ground floor retail units and conversion of the first floor to residential

Our Role – Development & Project Management

Managing the project from conception through to completion, which comprised:-

  • Ensuring the scheme was financially viable
  • Selection and appointment of the professional team
  • Dealing with various aspects relating to the sensitive nature of a Grade I listed building
  • Securing Full Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent and planning conditions required
  • Working with the appointed archaeologist who recorded the building fabric
  • Working with the Council Conservation Officer
  • Working up a detailed design
  • Preparation and issue of the tender documents
  • Appointment of the contractor
  • Monitoring the build contract and professional team
  • Carrying out interim valuations and site inspections
  • Issue of practical completion

Contract Works

  • Strip out of two ground floor retail units
  • Strip out of first floor including all electrics and plumbing
  • Conversion of first floor to residential
  • Installation of new plumbing, electrics, alarms and glazing throughout

Contract Length

5 months