Heritage impact


FOR NewRiver Reit (UK) Ltd

Bidwells was instructed to undertake the preparation of a heritage impact assessment to accompany an application for the redevelopment of Templars Court in Cowley, Oxford, which was in response to objections raised by Historic England and the local Preservation Society.

Bidwells’ involvement was to clearly identify the levels of impact arising from the development of 15 storeys on the setting of the Oxford City Centre Conservation Area and the existing landmarks within it (including Carfax Tower and ST Mary’s Church Tower).


What we did

  • Undertook site analysis and assessment of the impacts of development, including access to existing buildings within the city to define effects
  • Assessed the proposals in the context of the city centre view cones
  • Prepared an impact assessment to explain and clarify impact levels, applying our methodology, which complies with best practice guidance






  • The planning application was approved in September 2017.


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