Public consultation has begun on designs for and changes to parts of the Oxford North development.

Oxford North Ventures, a partnership between Thomas White Oxford, Cadillac Fairview and Stanhope, has launched the four-week consultation on changes to the already fully-approved Phase 1a of the £700 million innovation district and detailed designs for Phase 2 which currently has outline approval.

The new reserved matters planning application will be submitted early next year.

The review of some of the consented elements of the scheme follows the formation of Oxford North Ventures in March and subsequent appointment of architect Wilkinson Eyre and Gort Scott and landscape architect Gustafson, Porter + Bowman to work with the scheme’s masterplanner and architect Fletcher Priest Architects.

Under the new Phase 1a proposals the Red Hall building, designed for co-working, will be extended and have an improved set of amenities. The central park area will have new landscaping and there will be a new town square next to Red Hall.

The consultation also includes detailed designs for Phase 2, three flexible laboratory buildings totalling 425,000 sq ft.

David Camp, chief executive of Stanhope, said: “Our proposals are intended to provide a unique place by investing in placemaking, amenities and carbon-efficient buildings to support science and technology companies at all stages of their growth and creating a welcoming, inclusive and sustainable place for everyone.

“From start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs to large global companies, we plan to build high-quality, much-needed laboratory and workspace centred around a stunning new public park, market square and amenities.

“The project is also about playing its part in allowing Oxford, one of the world’s greatest cities, and the wider region continue to thrive by creating jobs in both construction and innovation so that we have a resilient economy.

“Oxford North is an exceptionally exciting project, and we look forward to continuing to deliver this new place for Oxford with our partners and in collaboration with the local community.

“We encourage people to see and comment on our emerging designs and visit our in-person event or join our online webinar. Feedback and comments from which will inform the details that will be submitted in our future reserved matters applications.”

The Hill Group will start building the first 317 new homes on the scheme’s Canalside in early 2023 and, subject to planning, the developer hopes to be ready to start construction work on Phase 1a in Spring and Phase 2 next Autumn or Winter.

The consultation, involving online information and events and in-person events, opened on Thursday, November 10 and runs until 10pm on Thursday, December 8.


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