Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc
This research paper explores the growth in knowledge-intensive industries across London, Oxford and Cambridge, known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, and examines how the knowledge economy can be strengthened across this region. The project showcase presents over 90 exemplary projects and schemes having a transformational impact on the education, healthcare, technology and innovation sectors in the UK.
EXCERPT FROM THE FOREWORD
As we come out of the COVID-19 crisis, and out of the EU, the UK economy needs an industrial strategy that is firing on all cylinders. The knowledge economy, a key growth area in recent years, will face many of the challenges of the rest of the economy, not least the impact of the pandemic on our universities, but it will remain a key driver of future growth. Vaccine development and epidemiological modelling, which are in the headlines every day, are vital to create a safer world in the future. At the same time, tech has become even more critical, not just in terms of keeping the economy moving during lockdown but providing the means to control future viral outbreaks.
The Golden Triangle includes the strongest biosciences cluster in Europe studying genomics, digital health, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and neuroscience; it contains the greatest concentration of top universities in the world as well as clusters of global tech companies. This dynamic, world-class innovation ecosystem is key to harnessing transformative technologies to support the UK economy. To maximise its potential it needs to be planned and promoted regionally to ensure the development of appropriate buildings, affordable housing and efficient infrastructure.
This will become even more important as the Government adjusts the north-south balance. Boris Johnson can only achieve his election promises if the south-east economy remains strong. He should thus speed up coordinated development in the region and promote the growth of this world-beating supercluster in the Golden Triangle to deliver jobs and successful businesses as well as game-changing innovation.
05 Executive Summary
07 A fast changing context — responding to COVID-19
15 London, Oxford and Cambridge: a knowledge ecosystem
20 Development activity and the demand for space
26 The need for greater regional coordination
32 Transport Infrastructure
34 The ‘Research Estate’
37 Equitable growth
40 The future of public health
61 Projects Showcase
133 Acknowledgements and profiles
Published June 2020