Last month, Director Ed Hayden joined the Future Cities Forum for a panel discussion about Life Sciences Infrastructure alongside King's College London/Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust, UBS Asset Management, Arup and JLL.
Using our work for The Oxford Science Park as an example, Ed focused on what design principles are needed to create long-term resilience for science cities and research and development clusters to develop in the UK.
'Sometimes it is helpful to go beyond talking about individual buildings because now what we are seeing is the concept - particularly across the OxCam Arc - of developing walkable science cities, those that are embracing technological change. Also, a very important accent is the focus on people. We are turning around the idea of buildings housing machines to talking about research and collaboration. This goes for London as well as Oxford and Cambridge. We have to compete for talent (globally) and this means thinking about the lifestyle of those working in these cities and their health and wellbeing.’