Cygnus Wireless Alarm System to be used on £440m Westgate centre project.

The Westgate Oxford Alliance has announced the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as the prime contractor for Westgate Oxford, with works due to start on the site in spring.

Laing O’Rourke has appointed Bull Products as the primary supplier for the temporary fire alarm system during construction.

Bull Products will be installing approximately 100 units of the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System on this Westgate Centre project throughout 2015.

The Cygnus wireless fire alarm system continues to take on more challenges and more projects throughout the UK. Great service and technical support has been key to its success.

The £440m development in the heart of Oxford city centre will transform the existing Westgate shopping centre into an 800,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure destination, due for completion in autumn 2017.  

Up to 1,000 construction workers will work on the highly anticipated development which, when complete, will create around 3,400 jobs in and around Oxford.  

Laing O’Rourke’s 30 month contract is focused on the construction of the shell and core of the three-storey retail centre, together with a 1,000 space underground car park and 61 new residential properties. The project will also involve extensive remodelling of the existing Westgate shopping centre.  

Preparatory works at Westgate began in February following approval by Oxford City Council and leasing commitments from leading national and international retailers. The new Westgate Oxford will include over 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema, roof top terrace dining and a wealth of new public spaces.  

Laing O’Rourke is an internationally focused engineering enterprise. The Group’s major retail development projects include the award winning Trinity Leeds and Liverpool One, as well as Selfridges at the Bullring and modernisation and refurbishment programmes at Sheffield’s Meadowhall and Manchester’s Arndale retail centres.