Begbroke

Introduction

Welcome to this update exhibition about the innovation district proposed for the Begbroke-Yarnton area, north of Oxford.

Background

The Innovation District, allocated in Cherwell Council’s Local Plan, builds on the achievements of Begbroke Science Park, where world-class university scientists work with industry decision-makers and entrepreneurs to turn cutting-edge research into commercial opportunities.

More than 100 companies have been spun out from Oxford research since 2015. These are nationally significant, being worth billions of pounds and creating thousands of jobs. The aim is therefore to grow the workspace and research elements, alongside new housing and community facilities.

Oxford University Development Joint Venture

Oxford University Development (OUD) is a £4bn joint venture bringing together the land, vision and opportunities of Oxford University with the investment and development management skills of Legal & General focusing on academic estate, residential, infrastructure and commercial space. OUD is delivering exemplary, sustainable development for Oxford University to maintain and enhance its world class research and education and to support the wider Oxford economy and society.

Begbroke Innovation District

The Proposed Innovation District

OUD plans to deliver a £1billion, 190-hectare mixed-use neighbourhood around Begbroke Science Park.

These plans are underpinned by the allocation in Cherwell District Council’s adopted Local Plan, known as PR8: Land east of A44. The allocation includes a range of research & development, commercial, residential, university linked housing, and associated social and physical infrastructure uses. Among these are schools, local centres, amenity space and recreation/leisure uses, as well as excellent connectivity to the City of Oxford by sustainable means.

OUD plans to take a long-term, high-quality approach to placemaking. The development will enable growth and innovation in fast-emerging economic sectors, and deliver very high levels of environmental sustainability. It will create a vibrant new community, while also building strong links with the existing communities around it that will support their growth and prosperity.

Masterplan Team

Design Competition

OUD launched a design competition in 2021 to help select a team to create the masterplan that will guide the development of the Innovation District over the next 20 years. There was huge interest, with over 40 competition entries from national and international consortia, many with local connections and research experience.

Team Members

After assessing the design and sustainability approach of all the entries, the judging panel selected a team with the following members:

HAWKINS BROWN

HAWKINS BROWN

Lead Masterplanner

OOZE

OOZE

Social landscape

BURO HAPPOLD

BURO HAPPOLD

Sustainability, drainage & flood risk, utilities, acoustics & air quality, highways design, bridge engineer

RCKA

RCKA

Residential architect

MURRAY TWOHIG

MURRAY TWOHIG

Vision strategy

OKRA

OKRA

Landscape architect

The full design and planning team includes:

HAWKINS BROWN

HAWKINS BROWN

Lead Masterplanner

OOZE

OOZE

Social landscape

BURO HAPPOLD

BURO HAPPOLD

Sustainability, drainage & flood risk, utilities, acoustics & air quality, highways design, bridge engineer

RCKA

RCKA

Residential architect

MURRAY TWOHIG

MURRAY TWOHIG

Vision strategy

OKRA

OKRA

Landscape architect

The Life and Mind Building (LaMB)

The Life and Mind Building (LaMB) is the largest building project the University has ever undertaken and will significantly improve the way psychological and biological science is undertaken in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges.

Designed by architects NBBJ and project managed by LGIM RA, the LaMB will see c. £200m invested to deliver c. 268,000 sq ft of research space and academic facilities.

The design promotes engagement between the departments of research and education, providing an inviting space to support innovative thinking and multi-disciplinary communication including:

laboratories and testing spaces

café

exhibition space

offices

conference facilities

teaching spaces and labs

glasshouses

study and social space

herbarium archives and research spaces

flexible space for future expansion

a major new public plaza

The project is led by Mike Coplowe and it is due for completion in 2024.

Begbroke Innovation District

Background

Since 1999 the University’s Science Park at Begbroke, five miles from Oxford city centre, between Yarnton and Woodstock, has been home to a wide range of research and development activities, playing a vital role in the local, regional and national economy.

Begbroke Science Park is a fully integrated research and development facility, where world-class university scientists work with industry decision-makers and entrepreneurs to turn cutting-edge research into commercial opportunities.

It is the only science park in Oxfordshire wholly owned and managed by Oxford University and is a cross-departmental research facility with 12,000m² of office/laboratory space for research groups and high-tech science-based businesses and spinouts, and a conference venue and business training centre.

It is already home to more than 20 research groups in engineering, materials and life sciences as well as around 30 high-tech companies.

It hosts innovation and enterprise initiatives and provides a space where academic theory is converted into business practice by nurturing up-and-coming science-based industries.

The Science Park sits at the centre of 190 hectares of land earmarked in Cherwell District Council’s Local Plan Partial Review for a high-quality mixed-use development.

The aim is to deliver a range of research and development facilities, new homes and associated social and physical infrastructure, including schools, community centres, space for leisure and recreation, and excellent sustainable transport links to Oxford.

This proposed wider development will create a new and cohesive community that responds to both Oxford’s housing needs and the economic attraction of the Science Park as a place to live, work, and foster innovation and enterprise.

For more information on the project email: begbroke@oud.co.uk or phone: 0800 298 7040

Click here to access exhibition panels for July 2022 consultation.

 

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