The National Infrastructure Commission is about to launch an ideas competition to link Oxford and Cambridge with a strategic corridor of transport and development.The two-stage contest, which opens at the end of the month, will be aimed at multi-disciplinary teams including architects and urban designers.
Competitors will be asked to come up with ways to balance placemaking with development within the corridor joining four of the UK’s fastest-growing cities: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.Already a new east-west railway and an Oxford-to-Cambridge expressway have the backing of the NIC.
Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said the NIC wanted “visionary ideas” for development typologies that can contribute to delivering the homes the area needs, integrate the delivery of infrastructure with high-quality places and maintain the environmental and cultural character of the corridor.
Malcolm Reading, Chairman of Malcolm Reading Consultants:
“This part of England is on the absolute cusp of change. New infrastructure is coming but now this needs to be integrated with imaginative and integrated placemaking that encourages a good social balance and easy access to natural landscapes and green spaces.”
The competition will launch at the end of June with the winning entry announced in the autumn.
For more information visit the competition website - link