A team from Hawkins/Brown has won the competition to design the Begbroke Innovation District.

The team, made up from OKRA (Netherlands), BuroHappold and C:Lab, RCKa, Ooze (Netherlands), and Murray Twohig was one of a shortlist of five seeking to be chosen for the task of designing Oxford University Development’s 190-hectare mixed-use innovation district.

As well as innovation space, the scheme will include up to 2,000 homes, new schools, a public park and a nature reserve.

Darryl Chen, urban Ddesign lead for Hawkins/Brown, said: “This is one of those rare opportunities to set an agenda for a type of place that doesn’t quite yet exist. We’re super-happy that Oxford University Development has selected our team of spicy talents to work with them. We’re going to give it our all.”

Anna Strongman, chief executive of Oxford University Development, said: “We’re thrilled to have found a stellar team that will work with us to design a masterplan that responds to Oxford’s housing needs and propels the economic attraction of the new centre as an exemplary place to live, work, and foster innovation and enterprise.”

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