31 August 2017
CAMBRIDGE – PBA is proud to be part of a team shortlisted for a National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ideas competition to generate inspirational visions for the development of the Cambridge to Oxford corridor.
PBA Partner, Ron Henry, collaborated with Fletcher Priest Architects and Bradley Design Limited to create a submission that could successfully integrate placemaking with infrastructure in one of the UK’s leading growth regions.
58 teams entered the competition but a jury of thought-leaders in infrastructure, economics, design, and placemaking, selected just four teams for the shortlist.
Ron Henry commented:
“It is an honour to be part of such a creative and inspirational team. Alleviating the challenges that currently face the Cambridge to Oxford corridor are vital to the continued growth of the area. I look forward to developing our initial submission into a fully-fledged vision that will generate more prosperity and better places for the 3.3 million people who live there.”
The Cambridge to Oxford corridor includes four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, but it is currently experiencing significant housing and transport pressures which may inhibit its economic growth.
The NIC invited ideas from urban designers, architects, planning, policy and community specialists, landscape designers, development economists, and others with local knowledge and general insight to help maximize the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor while ensuring the future of its environment, homes, and jobs.
The four shortlisted teams feature creative, multidisciplinary collaborations. Each will now receive £10,000 to develop their initial submission into design concepts for development typologies appropriate to the corridor.
The competition jury will meet again in October to review the second-stage submissions, interview the shortlist, and select a winner of the competition. The winner is expected to be announced in early November.