Hawkins\Brown shortlisted for £1bn Oxford Innovation District competition\

Working in a collaborative team alongside OKRA, BuroHappold and C:LAB, Ooze, Ecological Land Cooperative and Wordsearch Place, Hawkins\Brown has been shortlisted through to Stage Two.

Hawkins\Brown has been selected in a shortlist of five practices for the second stage of an international design competition for the masterplan of a £1 billion, 190-hectare mixed-use Innovation District at Begbroke, to the north of Oxford.

Oxford University Development, a £4bn joint venture between the University of Oxford and Legal & General Capital, selected the shortlist from 40 entries.

The winning design team will set the ambition and design intent for a project that will transform the area around the University's Begbroke Science Park, to the north of Oxford. The project will also create a community of up to 2,000 quality homes, with new schools, public park and nature reserve.

OUD’s aspiration is to provide a scheme that achieves a significant step toward sustainable design, delivery, and operation.

“The new district will seek to attract the very best minds, while driving economic growth, improving transport connections, delivering benefits for local people, as well as enhancing the surrounding natural landscape for public access.”

The site will provide an exemplary new setting for the University's world-leading science and innovation, which will help address key global challenges facing humanity - from food security and biodiversity to climate change and the urgent need to move to a zero-carbon economy.

The ambition for Begbroke is anchored by Cherwell District Council’s Local Plan Partial Review, which has identified the site for a high-quality mixed-use development, comprising a range of research & development, residential, and associated social and physical infrastructure uses, such as schools, local centres, amenity space and recreation/leisure uses, as well as excellent connectivity to the City of Oxford by sustainable means.

The first phase of the scheme will bring forward new facilities for University research, as well as providing space to incubate spin-out companies.

The competition is being managed by Colander Associates. All 40 Stage One entrants can be viewed online here.

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