Search for landscape talent in major competition for National Infrastructure Commission

Malcolm Reading Consultants is launching an ideas competition for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), looking for broad multidisciplinary teams to create visionary conceptual proposals linking new infrastructure with sustainable placemaking.

Infrastructure is prompting the need for good placemaking in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor
Infrastructure is prompting the need for good placemaking in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor

The two-stage contest will be aimed at urban designers, architects, planning, policy, and community specialists, landscape designers, development economists, and others. 

The free-to-enter competition will seek ideas for balancing placemaking with development within the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.

Landscape designers are among the professionals who will soon be able to compete for the opportunity to influence strategic development and sustainable placemaking in the Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford corridor.

The two-stage contest will be aimed at urban designers, architects, planning, policy, and community specialists, landscape designers, development economists and others.

The chancellor tasked the NIC to "make recommendations to maximise the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor as a single, knowledge intensive cluster that competes on the global stage, whilst protecting the area’s high quality environment and securing the homes and jobs the area needs."

New infrastructure, including the East West Railway and an Oxford to Cambridge expressway mean the region has an increasing demand for housing.

Through the competition, 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."

More details are available pre-launch on the competition website.


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