Fletcher Priest Architects has unveiled its masterplan for a new urban district in Oxford North
The practice’s designs will create a ‘business community’ on a 26-hectare site on the northern edge of the city for Thomas White Oxford, a company owned by St John’s College.
The new district will include 87,000m² of workspace with a mix of research and laboratory buildings, commercial units and 480 homes.
In addition to the masterplan, Fletcher Priest has designed a group of buildings in detail which will form the first phase of the project.
These include incubator, amenity and workspace buildings that will surround a public open space at the heart of the project.
Jonathan Kendall, partner at Fletcher Priest said: ‘Our work at Oxford North has taken place across multiple scales simultaneously, combining urban design, research and architectural proposals.
’We are deeply aware of local sensitivities for immediate neighbours living close to the site and the strategic role of the proposal in shaping the growth and form of the city.
’At the same time, we are mindful of the economic importance of Oxford North to the region and to the UK, and the international significance of the innovative work that will be undertaken here.’
The new district will see £100 million of infrastructure investment that will link to Oxford city centre and Oxford Parkway station, forming the gateway to the Oxford-to-Cambridge ‘growth corridor’.
Last year Fletcher Priest was a finalist in an ideas competition run by the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Commission in a bid to boost development within the 210km-long corridor.
Fletcher Priest is working alongside Townshend Landscape Architects on the project.
A hybrid planning application is due to be submitted next month.
Model of red hall oxford north