The winning design team will set the bold 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, a public park and nature reserve.
OUD and the University aspire to create a boundary-pushing scheme that achieves a step-change in 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, and enhancing the surrounding natural landscape.
It will also 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 regeneration programme will be multi-phased. The first phase will provide new facilities for the University’s research and development, as well as providing space to incubate spin-out companies, while the second will involve the creation of the wider Innovation District.