Key worker housing in tech and science cities

Key worker housing at Eddington, Cambridge (for Cambridge University by Mecanoo Architects - photo by Greg Holmes)

Future Cities Forum's 'Housing and Science Cities'' event this month will include not only architect-led regeneration of hospital and science park sites but also the provision for key worker housing in our technology cities.

Housing remains a key issue in our densely populated science cities of Oxford, Cambridge and London, where there is a drive to attract talent from other countries to live and work in the UK, but also for key workers who are the backbone of the functioning of hospitals and universities.

Last November, Deloitte's Head of Life Sciences, Mike Standing, spoke of the model for expansion of housing in key technology super-cluster cities in the US (such as Boston), where workers can put down roots and stay as their family grows. The growth of the Oxford Milton Keynes Cambridge Arc in the next decade, will mean that housing will be a priority with more university, science and technology employees moving into the area.

Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University and Chief Executive of MK:U spoke at our October forum on the the need to see innovation in transport and housing design spring up around the new Cranfield and Milton Keynes Council-backed university, where research programmes - particularly in the transport area - will be carried out and tested in Milton Keynes itself.

Last month, we featured architects NBBJ's design for 'drive-through clinics in hospital car parks to help the roll out of the