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Healthy new town planning and Oxford's science villages

Oxford has a special set of housing challenges due to geography and house prices, driven by its fame as a world famous university city. However the need to provide excellent social infrastructure for its science and technology companies, as well as the NIC's plans for boosting housing on the Oxford to Cambridge Corridor, means that master-planners like Savill's Andrew Raven have to juggle transport congestion, low carbon demands and high standards of architectural design, across a community of powerful stakeholders and landowners.

Andrew, who will be speaking at our 'Healthy Cities' forum in January at Apothecaries' Hall, London, is head of the Savills urban design team in Oxford. He is responsible for leading the team on major projects specialising in housing-led and mixed use regeneration, and strategic urban extensions. He has dual qualifications in architecture and planning, and over 20 years of experience advising on issues of architecture, urban design, planning policy and development control.

His role involves expert consultancy services on a wide range of projects from contentious schemes in conservation areas to complex mixed use regeneration proposals in town centres and large urban extensions.

Recent projects include advice to East Devon District Council on expansion of Cranbrook new town; Regeneration proposals for various sites on behalf of HCA including Science Vale UK, Oxford; Corby and Didcot Parkway station gateway; 'Complete Streets' for DCLG Masterplan for South Oxford Science Village; 3000 homes and a business innovation district.Regeneration proposals at Blackbird Leys in south Oxford for Oxford City Council; Innovative housing and mixed-use developments on greenfield, brownfield urban and village locations for University Estates.

Andrew joins the Mayor of London's Chief Resilience Officer, Dr Fiona Twycross and Patrick Allchorn, Head of Home and Local Energy at the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at our January forum.

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