Research paper explores ‘Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc’

Banner announces launch of research paper_‘Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc’

In partnership with Bidwells, New London Architecture (NLA) has today (June 10) launched its long-awaited research paper ‘Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc’.

This research paper examines London’s relationship to Oxford and Cambridge, the world leading knowledge-intensive region known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ and analyses the key factors influencing the growth of the knowledge economy in a fast-moving sector.

The project showcase presents exemplary projects and schemes having a transformational impact on the education, healthcare, technology and innovation sectors in the UK.

Executive Summary

  • London, Oxford and Cambridge — ‘the Golden Triangle’ — have demonstrated global leadership in the response to the COVID-19 crisis. The region’s strengths in life sciences have been at the forefront in developing testing, treatments and, ultimately, a vaccine.  
  • This unique knowledge cluster has produced some of the most high-profile innovations through the research excellence, collaborations and cutting-edge applications developed by world-leading universities, researchers and companies located in the region.
  • This region will play a significant role in the post-COVID economic recovery of the UK. The £1.25 billion support package announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in April 2020 confirms the central role of the tech, life science and related sectors.
  • The current lack of a regional plan and coordination across the Golden Triangle poses significant challenges for the future of the region. Unlocking opportunity for housing, transport and workspaces in a coordinated approach will maximise growth.
  • Over the last two years, we’ve seen significant investment in spaces for knowledge intensive industries in this area. Over 90 projects are showcased in this report.
  • The impact of COVID-19 will result in new challenges for the knowledge sector, as universities adapt to remote learning and flexibility of spaces will become even more important.

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Bidwells’ Head of Science and Technology, David Williams will be joining the NLA and other project partners next Tuesday 16th June (10am) to discuss:  

  • What can we do to future-proof the region to future shocks?
  • How might COVID-19 impact the education, science and healthcare sectors in the short to medium term?
  • And what longer term implications we may see on the way we plan, design and build for these sectors?

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