Dominvs Group to develop Oxford Courtyard

Dominvs Group has secured planning permission from Oxford County Council for a new 140-guestroom hotel, to be developed and operated under the Courtyard by Marriott brand.

Arranged over six storeys, the hotel will replace the existing Cooper Callas building, a disused industrial site. The scheme will include food and beverage facilities, accessible by both hotel guests and the local community, and a roof garden and terrace with views of Oxford Castle.

Oxford City Council had previously identified the site for re-development as part of the West End Area Action Plan, which also sees the old Westgate Shopping Centre overhauled and re-opened later this year.

The council welcomed the proposal from Dominvs, which responds to the high volume of local tourism and creates 70 new jobs in a variety of roles. The designs for the building mirror the brickwork and fenestration in the surrounding streets, and further received approval from Historic England.

Jay Ahluwalia, Director, Dominvs Group, comments: “We are delighted that this proposal has been deemed acceptable in both economic and heritage terms. The detail of the scheme has evolved following extensive consultation and engagement with officers at the City Council along with officers from Historic England. The proposals have also been the subject of public engagement where members of the public and key stakeholders were encouraged to have an open dialogue with our development team to shape the detailed design of the proposal. This engagement also led to us retaining the former Brewery Gate Public House.”

This will mark the group’s second development alongside Marriott, with work already underway on the conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a luxury 200-key hotel by Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s growing portfolio of independent properties.