RCKa and Hawkins\Brown win international design competition for 2,000 home science park extension

RCKa is part of a team led by Hawkins\Brown that has been selected to design a 2,000 home rural masterplan for Oxford University Development. Working alongside place strategist Murray Twoig, sustainability and engineering consultants Buro Happold, and two Dutch architecture and landscape practices OOZE and OKRA, our competition-winning proposal was selected from forty entries from across the globe.

The site is located to the north of Oxford, on green belt land surrounding the existing Begbroke science park. The new masterplan will propose a mix of uses across the 190-hectare site, including residential neighbourhoods, schools, active landscapes and a significant expansion to the current innovation campus.

Oxford University Development chief executive Anna Strongman said of our appointment: “We’re thrilled to have found a stellar team that will work with us to design a masterplan that responds to Oxford’s housing needs and propels the economic attraction of the new centre as an exemplary place to live, work, and foster innovation and enterprise. We look forward to working with the councils and surrounding communities to deliver benefits for local people as well as compete on the global stage.”