Fletcher Priest and Townshend Landscape Architects have revealed their masterplan for the Oxford North urban district project.
The proposal for the 26ha of land includes research and laboratory buildings, as well as a mix of commercial and residential development. More than 87,000 sqm of workspace, and nearly 500 homes, will be embedded in 23 acres of open parkland.
In addition to the masterplan, Fletcher Priest have designed a group of buildings in detail, comprising the first phase of the project. These include incubator, amenity and workspace buildings forming the edge of a major new public open space at the heart of the project.
The site sits at the northern edge of Oxford and has been in the ownership of St John’s College for more than 400 years. The “longevity, and the sense of custodianship for future generations” underpins the proposals for the site.
The new district will see £100mof infrastructure investment, including £30m to improve walking, cycling, bus and highway networks.
This infrastructure will link to Oxford city centre and Oxford Parkway station, forming the gateway to the Oxford-to-Cambridge corridor. The corridor was the subject of a placemaking ideas competition last year by the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Commission, where Fletcher Priest was selected as one of four finalists.
Central to the ambitions of St John’s College is the desire to create a thriving innovation district that will aid the UK’s global competitiveness.
Public consultation is underway and a hybrid planning application is due to be submitted in July 2018.