Refit of an existing warehouse in Oxford to become Oxfam’s first and flagship superstore where the international organisation began over 75 years ago and where the first Oxfam shop opened its doors in 1948.
As well as raising vital funds for Oxfam’s life-saving work to end poverty around the world, the superstore is a multi use space and acts as a community hub; a vibrant space where people can work, volunteer, donate and shop. Community groups and social enterprises make use of the dedicated meeting spaces, while workshops, activities and talks take place regularly within the store. It also supports Oxfam’s Future Skills programme, a volunteering, training and mentoring project for women from marginalised communities to improve their employability in the UK.
The retail space is a large area, 12 times larger than a typical Oxfam store. There are also offices to the front of the store which are used for administration purposes and also evening training spaces. At the rear of the store there is a warehouse and a donation sorting area which covers over two floors.
CBG Consultants were commissioned to provide M&E design for the project which included space heating, lighting, small power and fire alarm.
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