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Cambridge-to-Oxford growth corridor contest to launch this month

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Malcolm Reading Consultants has announced it will hold an international competition for ideas to boost sustainable development within the UK’s Cambridge-to-Oxford growth corridor

The contest will be open to multidisciplinary teams of urban designers, architects, planners, landscape designers and development economists. It will open for entries later this month.

The project is backed by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), and aims to boost the development of new housing, public realm and infrastructure within the linear area spanning Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.

The announcement says that the NIC ‘will be seeking visionary ideas for development typologies across the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor that can contribute to delivering the homes the area needs, integrate the delivery of infrastructure with high-quality places and maintain the environmental and cultural character of the corridor.’

Competition director, Malcolm Reading, said: ‘This part of England is on the absolute cusp of change, new infrastructure is coming but now this needs to be integrated with imaginative and integrated placemaking that encourages a good social balance and easy access to natural landscapes and green spaces.’

The call for ideas aims to identify innovative approaches to help integrate new infrastructure with sustainable place making.

Interested parties may register online for updates ahead of the competition launch.

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