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One Works shortlisted in Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition

22nd August 2017

One Works shortlisted in Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition

One Works are delighted to be shortlisted, as part of a wider team, for an international competition that focuses on integrating placemaking with infrastructure in one of the UK’s leading growth regions: Cambridge to Oxford.

As part of the team, One Works will provide expertise in Urban Development Strategy, Masterplanning, and Transport Infrastructure Analysis. In particular, we will be responsible for identifying strategic development opportunities, integrating multidisciplinary inputs to maximise sustainable development, as well as analysing traffic and people movements across various modes of transport.

We are excited to be entering stage two of the competition together with a great team including: architects and urban designers, Mae; structural and civil engineering firm, AKT II; and landscape architects, Planit IE.

The National Infrastructure Commission and Malcolm Reading Consultants announced the shortlist for The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. The two-stage competition is seeking inspirational yet realisable visions for the future of development within the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.

The international competition launched on 30 June 2017 and invited entries from broad multi-disciplinary teams made up of urban designers; architects; planning, policy and community specialists; landscape designers; development economists; and others with local knowledge and general insight. Fifty-eight teams from the UK and further afield entered at the first stage, anonymously submitting emerging concepts focused on a chosen form of development – ranging from the intensification of existing urban areas to new autonomous settlements – along with separate details on the composition of their team.

The high-profile jury of thought-leaders in infrastructure, economics, design and placemaking, chaired by Bridget Rosewell (Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission), judged the emerging concepts and team composition and selected a shortlist.

Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission and Competition Jury Chair, said: “The Commission and the jury were delighted with the quality and detail of submissions to the competition, and we would like to thank all those who offered their ideas and energies. The shortlisted teams produced particularly imaginative and stimulating responses to the first-stage brief and we look forward to seeing how their ideas and visions develop.

“At the second stage, we will be looking for proposals that are rooted in their context and understand the local character, environment and landscape. We have asked competitors to consider how places will be integrated with infrastructure, but above all, we want to see what the proposals will mean for the lives of the people living and working in the corridor.”

For more information about the competition, visit the Malcom Reading website.