We are pleased to announce that our Planning and Design teams across our Reading, Cambridge, London, Bristol and Southampton offices, have made it onto the Stage 2 shortlist for the The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition.
Launched in June, by the National Infrastructure Commission and Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition sought inspirational yet achievable visions for future development of this key economic area, covering Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.
Selected by a jury of thought-leaders in infrastructure, economics, design and placemaking, our team's concept 'The CaMKoX Innovation Hive' creates an interconnected system of new and existing communities linked by infrastructure as well as commercial, social and intellectual links.
The CaMKoX Innovation Hive is not as a fixed masterplan but an approach that envisages organic growth within communities, delivering more than t homes but vibrant places to support innovation and business creation. A carefully guided approach to encourage communities to acquire a rich urban form and varied sense of place. Situated within a new National Park, the proposals set a new benchmark for development that enhances the natural environment.
Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission and competition jury chair Bridget Rosewell, said: “The corridor encompassing Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford contributes considerably to our national economy – if we’re to continue this success we must foster places people want, and can afford, to live and work in.
“The four shortlisted entries to our ideas competition are creative, innovative and exciting. This online gallery gives people the chance to see these entries, and to have a say on how their area could be developed in future.
“I’m delighted that we’ve attracted so much attention from leading lights across design, architecture, economics and town planning, and that residents and the industry at large will now get to see what their collective talents have proposed.”
Click on the above to view our submission.
The National Infrastructure Commission and Malcolm Reading Consultants have revealed just four final design concepts, including our proposal, in an online gallery and are encouraging feedback. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced next month.
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