The future for world class tech cities

Interior of Arm HQ at Peterhouse Technology Park, Cambridge (Scott Brownrigg - image by Hundven Clements Photography)

This week our expert panel led by the Infrastructure & Projects Authority discussed the following questions in relation to the growth of tech and science cities: is it better for sustainability to build technology clusters from the top down or bottom up, how do you create a strong identity behind the brand of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc and are there new models in Europe for science cities that we can emulate in the UK?

The IPA was joined by the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, Karolinska Institutet Holding, Deloitte Life Sciences, LDA Design, Scott Brownrigg and Lambsquay Consulting of Cambridge.

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc has been viewed as an important development area for science innovation clusters but how these clusters build their brands is being debated. The Infrastructure & Project Authority's Karl Fitzgerald - Project Director on the Oxford Cambridge Arc - described how the Arc needs to grow its identity: