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University estates as city makers: Covid-19 response and long-term plans


Thursday 24 September 2020
10:00 - 11:00

As universities are about to open and implement their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, we hear from major institutions about their short-term plans alongside long-term approaches and future investments.
As universities become more interconnected with the urban fabric, and the users and occupiers of their estates are more diversified, they have become major drivers of urban renewal and economic growth. Universities in fact are taking on building the infrastructure to support their growth, from campuses and teaching/research facilities to major housing development to house their staff.
As key players in the development sector, and major landowners, how do universities plan to grow and address key challenges related to the lack of infrastructure in Oxford, London and Cambridge? And with major disruption brough by the COVID-19 crisis, what is the short-term impact in managing their estates? What are the contingency plans in place in the short term to repurpose their building stocks and what are the long-term plans? 
In this webinar we hear from Oxford, Cambridge and London’s universities about the future of their estates and role in the cities.


10:00   Welcome from Chair 
- Benjamin O’Connor, Director, NLA 
10:05   Flexible university estates
- Vicky Thornton, Director, Allies and Morrison 
10:20   Panel discussion
Speaker above, plus:
- Alistair Cory, Director, Innovation Science & Technology Campus, University of Oxford 
- Richard Todd, Partner, Head of Oxford, Bidwells 
10:45   Q&A
11:00   End


Benjamin O’Connor

Director, New London Architecture

Alistair Cory

Director, University of Oxford Science and Innovation Campus. Oxford UK

Vicky Thornton

Director, Allies and Morrison

Richard Todd

Partner, Project Management, Bidwells

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