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Consultation begins on Boswells hotel redevelopment

Consultation has reportedly begun on plans to convert Oxford’s oldest department store into a four-star boutique hotel.

According to BBC News, the plans to turn the 18th Century department store, which was forced to close earlier this year, have been opened to the public.

The Reef Group reportedly said it has been working with Oxford City Council, Historic England and the Oxford Design Review Panel to ensure the proposals are “sympathetic” to the area and the Oxford skyline.

The plans will aim to see the existing fourth floor will be demolished and replaced with a new fourth and fifth floor.

Reef Group told the BBC: “We have taken care to ensure that the building’s iconic frontage is preserved and enhanced.

“The 1920s exterior which faces on to Broad Street and the Cornmarket Street entrance will be cleaned and repaired, and its famous Boswell & Co signs will be retained.”

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