Challenges for the Arc and the UK's top science cities

Emma Cariaga, Chair of the OxCam Arc Expert Advisory Panel, making the introductory address at Future Cities Forum in Cambridge

At our 'Science Cities and the Arc' forum last week, there were warnings about inequality that prevails in successful science cities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and the need to consult fully with communities and local businesses on the development of the Arc.

The increasing scientific and commercial competition from around the globe combined with sustainability pressures, is demanding that our leading science cities adapt and evolve quickly, and this was also discussed at the forum.

Emma Cariaga, Head of Residential at British Land, opened the forum by talking about the role of the government's OxCam Arc Expert Advisory Panel, which she chairs. She noted that Covid-19 has had an impact on the approach to counselling around planning for development across the Arc: