King Edward Street — Oxford

Oriel College / Oxford City Council

Studio Dekka

5th Studio was commissioned by Oriel College to develop a masterplan for King Edward Street and Oriel Square. A late Nineteenth Century addition to the urban grain of Oxford, King Edward Street was originally conceived by the College as a means to establish a better connection between Oriel and the main thoroughfare of the High, while also providing new office accommodation to serve the expanding law and accounting professions. Changes in the latter had since left the street under-utilised while years of accretion left the streetscape in a cluttered state.

Given this context, the project sought to re-establish King Edward Street’s economic relevance and provide a high quality urban setting to provide, along with Oriel Square, a much improved approach and foreground to the College.

The masterplan established guiding principles and identified projects geared towards rejuvenating King Edward Street’s public realm and built fabric. By building upon the site’s strategic location with respect to existing retail areas and key routes through the historic core of the city, along with a close reading of the potential offered by the existing building stock, the masterplan provided the basis for the reinvention of King Edward Street as a high quality retail and food quarter.

Aerial view of King Edward Street and Oriel Square in their central Oxford context.

Proposed public realm plan.

New and refurbished shopfronts along King Edward Street



Unit 14
21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF
t +44 (0)20 7837 7221
View on Google Maps


Gwydir Street
Cambridge CB1 2LJ
t +44 (0)1223 516009
View on Google Maps


2 King Edward Street
Oxford OX1 4HS
t +44 (0)1865 684004
View on Google Maps

Stay in touch

We are keen to receive CVs and short portfolios from Part 1 and Part 2 designers. Please contact us via

We actively encourage qualified applicants who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, female and LGBTQIA+ as these groups are under-represented throughout the built environment professions.