News: 24 August 2017Barton Willmore shortlisted in Cambridge to Oxford Ideas Competition

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted by The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in their Cambridge to Oxford Connection Ideas Competition. Our entry, 'The CaMKoX Innovation Hive', is one of just four entries out of 58 to make it through to the final stage.

The aim of the two-stage Ideas Competition is to gather, showcase and promote imaginative responses to the integration of placemaking and infrastructure projects across the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Corridor.

The corridor, which spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, is one of the most productive and fast-growing knowledge networks in the United Kingdom.

Home to 3.3 million people, it hosts some of the country’s most successful cities, as well as world-leading universities, knowledge-intensive high-tech firms and highly-skilled workers.

Yet within this area, significant housing and transport pressures exist with a shortage of suitable and affordable homes, and difficulties for workers in travelling within, and between, cities. These constraints are becoming obstacles to attracting and retaining talent and inevitably putting a break on economic growth.

Vaughan Anderson, Urban Design Associate, said: “Bringing together experience from across our Reading and Cambridge offices we have envisaged an interconnected system of new and existing communities.

“The cities will be linked not just by hard infrastructure but woven together by complex patterns of commercial, social and intellectual links. We want to create places not just to deliver new housing but a vibrant network that promotes innovation and enterprise, a place that encourages the cross pollination of ideas.

“It is these subtle and complex connections between components that are as important as the individual components themselves.”

Each of the shortlisted teams will each receive an honorarium of £10,000 to develop their initial first-stage submissions into design concepts for development typologies appropriate to the corridor. They will be asked to consider existing, planned or proposed infrastructure and how to integrate this with development to create sustainable and liveable places.

The jury, which includes National Infrastructure Commission Chairman, Lord Andrew Adonis, as well as Competition Chair, Bridget Rosewell OBE FICE, will meet again in October to review the second-stage submissions, interview the shortlist and select a winner of the competition. The winner is expected to be announced in early November.

For more information, see the competition website.

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