Investing in the UK's science and tech cities

1000 Discovery Drive, a flexible office and labs building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - by Scott Brownrigg for Countryside & Liberty Property Trust

Oxford University Development's Chief Executive, Anna Strongman, Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University and Chief Executive of MK:U, and Ed Hayden, Director at architects Scott Brownrigg took part in our 'Science Cities' forum in Cambridge recently. They debated the issues around developing built environments for R&D and university communities that are flexible, responsive to the human need for collaboration while being ecologically sustainable and aesthetically outstanding.

Scott Brownrigg has recently been working on a new building for Phase 2 of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and architect director Ed Hayden said:

'To tackle both climate change and sustainable science cities, we need to create walkable and liveable communities, where there is space for work and play. Collaboration is key, so we must not create institutionalised science but work from the ground up. Where you take your family as well as where you work will be important in the future. The Crick was a catalyst for the King's Cross development in London and we need to return - for the OxCam Arc - to that same principle and make it better. It isn't just what it looks like but what makes a great place, functioning 24 hours a day.