Today (Monday) is the last day for queries from those seeking to get involved in the redevelopment of Begbroke Science Park in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Oxford University Development (OUD), the £4 billion joint venture between the University of Oxford and Legal & General, is seeking partners for one of its first schemes, creating an innovation district at the 190-hectare site. the deadline for submissions is December 3.

The competition, launched last week, requires a masterplanner and landscape designer for the scheme.

OUD chief executive Anna Strongman said: “We’re looking for a stellar team to design a masterplan that responds to both Oxford’s housing needs, a place to live, work, and foster innovation and enterprise.

“We want to bring together the best minds in the industry, to work with us, Cherwell District Council, and our local communities to create a masterplan of global significance.”

The £1bn multi-phased regeneration programme is expected to be delivered over the next 20 years.

Colander Associates is managing the competition. After an open call for expressions of interest, five teams will be shortlisted by early January. Jury panel interviews will take place in mid-February before winners are announced on February 28.

Dr David Prout, pro-vice-chancellor (planning and resources) for Oxford University, said: “For nearly two decades, the University’s Science Park at Begbroke has been home to a wide range of research and development activities across our Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences departments, playing a vital role in contributing to the wider local, regional, and national economy.

“Oxford University is, and will remain, the freeholder of the majority of the land, and its strategic goal is to create an exemplary new community that the university and local residents can be proud of – a world-leading innovation district with sustainability at its heart.”



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