Oxford North is a masterplan for the creation of a new urban district that redefines the northern edge of the city of Oxford. The research focus of this interdisciplinary and team-based process has been to establish appropriate urban and architectural form that can sustainably accommodate knowledge-economy activities of global significance, capitalising on academic research undertaken in and around the University of Oxford. The project creates conditions for overlaps between public and private realm, and interaction between employment, residential and community functions. It is designed with particular reference to research undertaken by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., which has explored the phenomena of innovation districts. It explores how a phased implementation can establish place and identity during ongoing change in an initially unoccupied landscape setting.
Oxford North is the largest strategic project undertaken in the city of Oxford over the past 100 years. It will integrate a mixture of land uses and create workspaces for around 4,500 new jobs and 480 new homes, accommodating a projected population of around 1,500 people. It is projected that the completed project will contribute £150 million per year to the Oxford economy in gross value added, and more broadly support a key element of UK economic strategy.