Hawkins Brown wins international design competition for Begbroke Innovation District

Begbroke Science Park

An international competition launched to design the masterplan for a £1billion, 190-hectare mixed-use Innovation District at Begbroke Science Park, has been won by architectural practice Hawkins Brown.

Oxford University Development (OUD), launched the competition last November.

The 190-hectare mixed-use Innovation District is located just to the north of Oxford. The project is intended to provide an exemplary new setting for the University’s world-leading science and innovation but will also create a community of up to 2,000 quality homes, with new schools, a public park and a nature reserve.

Darryl Chen Urban Design lead at 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!”

OUD and the University aspire to create a boundary-pushing scheme that achieves a step-change in sustainable design, delivery, and operation. The new district will seek to attract the very best minds, while driving economic growth, improving transport connections, delivering benefits for local people, and enhancing the surrounding natural landscape.

It will also provide an exemplary new setting for the University’s world-leading science and innovation, which will help address key global challenges facing humanity – from food security and biodiversity to climate change and the urgent need to move to a zero-carbon economy.

The regeneration programme will be multi-phased. The first phase will provide new facilities for the University’s research and development, as well as providing space to incubate spin-out companies, while the second will involve the creation of the wider Innovation District.

Hawkins Brown were the architects on the Beecroft Building in Oxford which was officially opened by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 2018.


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