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Innovation Districts - call for submissions

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Deadline for entries: 12th August 2022

Following the NLA 2020 report ‘Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc’, this upcoming research will provide an update on a booming sector that is driving the evolution of innovation district models across London, the Golden Triangle and the UK towards inclusive places for innovation.
 
With a nationwide investment of over £29.4 billion from the tech sector and more than 500,000 sq ft of demand for life sciences real estate in London, there is no doubt that the life sciences, tech companies and creative industries are changing the geography of the knowledge economy in London. But how can these places be true leaders of a green and inclusive economy?
 
The report will delve into how innovation districts support London’s global role as a knowledge hub, while creating the best opportunities for upskilling and supporting inclusive growth at a local level. 
 
The Golden Triangle includes the strongest biosciences cluster in Europe and contains the greatest concentration of top universities in the world as well as clusters of global tech companies. What is the role of the Golden Triangle in the post-COVID economic recovery of the UK as a global exporter of innovation and employment creator? How can funding across and outside the golden triangle increase productivity and regional growth as part of the levelling up agenda?
 
Defining the role of innovation districts across London, the Golden Triangle and within the wider UK context, the report will unpack the different existing models across the country and the set of the planning tools and design principles that are needed to enable inclusive and sustainable growth. 
 
How are today’s innovation district models encouraging upskilling and supporting opportunities to level up? Are the demands similar between London and the Southeast, and how can we strike an even balance and cross-collaboration? How can innovation districts champion diversity, sustainability and inclusivity? How can local authorities, businesses and institutions embrace a design-led approach that bonds place and innovation? What spatial principles can deliver a whole-place long-term strategy for an innovation district? And finally, what role do innovation districts play in the long-term recovery and resilience of London?
 
Drawing from case studies in the capital and across the UK, the report will examine the role of design, placemaking and public spaces in the planning, delivery and management of innovation districts. 
 
Eligible projects fall into one of the following categories:
 
·       Masterplans and Area Strategies 
Masterplan and area strategies planning for sustainability, inclusivity and affordability 
(including workspaces and housing)
 
·       Placemaking
Placemaking that supports collaboration and socialising in public spaces in-between buildings and connectivity between a district and surrounding neighbourhoods 
 
·       Buildings 
Best practice in building design, showcasing inclusive use of ground floor levels, permeability,  sustainability and affordability

Eligibility

— Timeframe: Any project in design, in planning or completed from the 2020 – 2022 timeframe can be submitted. 
— Location: We welcome examples from across the UK, including the Golden Triangle, and any of the 33 London Boroughs, with particular attention to local neighbourhoods
— Type: Projects should be masterplans, public spaces or buildings that are part of an Innovation District or Knowledge Quarter, and or promote the creative industries, knowledge economy and life sciences
— Status: Designed, in planning, or completed in the last two years 
— Permission: where applicable submitters must secure proper permissions from the client prior to submission. There is no limit to the number of submissions from any one company, however submitters are encouraged to consult with other team members before submitting to avoid duplicate entries
 
Entrants agree that NLA is granted non-exclusive reproduction rights to all successful submissions for NLA’s advertising, promotion, publication and online purposes directly related to the Innovation Districts: shaping a path for inclusive growth research. Entrants must have permission from the photographer for the reproduction of all imagery for use relating to these purposes.

Submission costs

Please note submissions are ONLY charged if selected for inclusion as part of the report
 
Payment will only be required for submissions successfully selected for inclusion. Within six weeks of the closing date, NLA will confirm whether your submission has been selected for inclusion in the publication. On confirmation that your submission has been selected, NLA will invite you to make the payments by invoice, issued to New London Architecture Ltd. Payment terms are strictly 14 days from invoice date.
 
Selected projects will feature in the Innovation Districts publication, while submissions will stay in the NLA permanent online projects directory.
 
NLA Partners, charities and not-for-profit organisations are entitled to submit projects for free. If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount – see how here.
 
Project Submissions (half page) 
A brief overview of the submission and key image, for a half page section in the report and listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory.
     Partner members – Free
     Standard members – £249+VAT
     Non-members (full price) – £295+VAT
 
Case Study Submissions (full page)
A full-page in the report allowing for a full description of the submission, supporting quote, alongside additional imagery, and listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory.
     Champions – 2 free case studies 
     Supporters – 1 free case study
     Partner members – £1,350+VAT
     Standard members – £1,575+VAT
     Non-members (full price) – £1,750+VAT
 
Additional Case Study projects thereafter
     Partner members – £500+VAT
     Standard business members – £750+VAT
     Non-members (full price) – £900+VAT

How to enter

 
1 – If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount, see how here.
2 – List your project
As part of our new online project directory, the first step is to list the basic information of your project. This can then be automatically applied for all future submissions.
3 – Submit research relevant information
Using your listed project, supply additional information as required for this study. Fields include additional description and a selection of images.


Deadline for entries: 12th August 2022

NEED HELP? To submit projects, you must use the online form. If you need assistance with your submission or have any queries, please contact our team at info@nla.london

The research

Overview
Following the NLA 2020 report ‘Knowledge Networks: London and the Ox-Cam Arc’, this research provides an update on a booming sector that is driving the evolution of innovation district models across London, the Golden Triangle and the UK towards inclusive places for innovation.
 
With a nationwide investment of over £29.4 billion from the tech sector and more than 500,000 sq ft of demand for life sciences real estate in London, there is no doubt that the life sciences, tech companies and creative industries are changing the geography of the knowledge economy in London. But how can these places be true leaders of a green and inclusive economy?
 
The report will delve into how innovation districts support London’s global role as a knowledge hub, while creating the best opportunities for upskilling and supporting inclusive growth at a local level. 
 
The Golden Triangle includes the strongest biosciences cluster in Europe and contains the greatest concentration of top universities in the world as well as clusters of global tech companies. What is the role of the Golden Triangle in the post-COVID economic recovery of the UK as a global exporter of innovation and employment creator? How can funding across and outside the golden triangle increase productivity and regional growth as part of the levelling up agenda?
 
Defining the role of innovation districts across London, the Golden Triangle and within the wider UK context, the report will unpack the different existing models across the country and the set of the planning tools and design principles that are needed to enable inclusive and sustainable growth. 
 
How are today’s innovation district models encouraging upskilling and supporting opportunities to level up? Are the demands similar between London and the Southeast, and how can we strike an even balance and cross-collaboration? How can innovation districts champion diversity, sustainability and inclusivity? How can innovation districts champion diversity, sustainability, and inclusivity? How can local authorities, businesses and institutions embrace a design-led approach that bonds place and innovation? What spatial principles can deliver a whole-place long-term strategy for an innovation district? What role do innovation districts play in the long-term recovery and resilience of London?
 
Drawing from case studies in the capital and across the UK, the report will examine the role of design, placemaking and public spaces in the planning, delivery and management of innovation districts. 
 
 
Key lines of enquiry
 
  • How can the industry learn from sharing best practice and what does a successful inclusive innovation district look like?
  • How can we define today’s innovation district model and how do different innovation district models compare across UK?
  • What role do stewardship, funding and governance play in these models?
  • How do innovation districts support local communities and economic growth at neighbourhood level?
  • How can innovation districts create accessible and affordable workspaces?
  • What changes should the built environment industry make to create inclusive spaces within the knowledge and innovation districts?
  • What role does planning policy and public realm strategies play in shaping inclusive growth?

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