Strategic plan for Science Vale will drive growth and jobs

IBI Group has been commissioned to prepare a strategy and design framework for the UK’s leading science and research cluster.

Date

January 7, 2015

LONDON – IBI Group has been commissioned to prepare a strategy and design framework for the UK’s leading science and research cluster.

The Science Vale, located south of Oxford along the Thames River, is home to the largest concentration of research and development activity in Western Europe and contains world leading research and technology establishments including the European Space Agency.

The goal is to consolidate this area as the first choice location for internationally renowned business and research. Achieving this requires the coordinated development of the area’s growth to ensure that the right employment opportunities are created and that towns have the appropriate mix of housing choices and lifestyle to attract a skilled workforce.

Working with consultants Colliers International and Mott MacDonald, IBI has been appointed by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders to clarify the strategic vision and strategy for growth for Science Vale. This strategy will be followed by a framework to guide the design of places including the important transport hub at Didcot.

IBI team leader Marcus Wilshere highlighted the importance of the project. “Realising the potential of science and technology as a driver for growth is essential for the competitiveness not just of the region but of ‘UK Plc’,” he said. “This is one of the most exciting planning challenges in the country and we are proud that IBI Group has been chosen to lead this work.”

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