MEP progress has begun in the conversion of the iconic Boswell department into The Store, Oxford a boutique hotel in the city Centre

The former family run Boswell & Co Department store is being refurbished with expectations for the hotel to open in Spring / Summer of 2023. The department is being transformed into Boswell Hotel which will be a 4 star boutique hotel with a fascinating heritage. Key features of the historic facades are being retained, partial demolition and major refurbishments.

The historic Oxford department store established in 1738 has been a prestigious landmark to Oxford for over 280 years and formerly announced its closure in 2019. The announcement of the Boswells site undergoing transformation to a modern hotel was announced in late 2020 by lead developer Reef Group and Oxford City Council. The tourism hotspot will now provide a high quality boutique  hotel with restaurants which is much needed for the city centre of Oxford.

The hotel will create 101 bedrooms, ground floor restaurant, bar, well-being facilities, gym and co-working spaces.  An additional fifth floor is being added to the original Boswell department store which will include a rooftop bar overlooking the stunning city.

(Picture courtesy of The Reef Group)

Michael Nugent ltd are delighted to be providing the Mechanical and Electrical services for the transformation. Our M&E services include but not limited to;


  • Full Air Conditioning installation
  • Full ventilation installation
  • Air Source Heat Pump installation for Domestic Hot Water Generation
  • Complete public health installation
  • Sanitaryware Installation
  • Dry Riser Installation
  • Automated Building Management System Installation


  • Mains and network infrastructure throughout
  • Bespoke lighting and controls
  • General power systems to meet client requirements
  • Complete fire and security package
  • Photovoltaic system

Working alongside Gilbert Ash whom Michael Nugent Ltd have a great long standing relationship with, the team are delighted to be on the project with their experts. Pre-Construction Director, Colum Sheppard said, ‘The iconic project is creating a luxury boutique hotel in the city centre which will help attract tourists and visitors to Oxford. Our team are delighted to be working alongside Gilbert Ash on the heritage project. Our MEP services have recently begun on site and we look forward to working on the prestigious project’.

(Artist Impressions of The Store, Oxford)