With the knowledge economy worth around £95bn per year in UK, it’s crucial for the built environment sector to plan, design and create the right spaces that enable innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, creatives, knowledge workers and investors to work together, to collaborate and compare, creating the conditions for innovations to thrive. Oxford, Cambridge and London, the so-called ‘Golden Tringle’, has one of the highest density of knowledge-clusters in the UK, where the co-location of knowledge-producing organisations such as universities, research bodies, teaching hospitals, cultural institutions, and knowledge-intensive businesses cross-contaminate ideas to create a unique environment for collaboration and innovation.
The NLA’s insight study Knowledge Capital, published in 2018, explored the shape of London’s knowledge economy; analysing the changing forms of spaces and buildings; placemaking through districts and campuses; and the measures that would need to be taken to ‘futureproof’ places for education, science and health in the capital. Two years later, NLA develops a second Insight Study ‘Knowledge Networks’, developing our findings further to examine London’s relationship to Oxford and Cambridge and focusing on how the knowledge economy is shaping the future in Golden Triangle in a fast moving sector.
• To update Knowledge Capital findings, two years on, with a particular focus on the Golden Triangle (London, Oxford and Cambridge). What has changed since 2018?
• To examine the scale of the knowledge economy in the Golden Triangle and how the built environment sector responds to the current challenges to enable these cluster to thrive and growth, while also benefitting the wider cities and local communities.
• To understand the key priorities to enable greater collaboration across these knowledge clusters. What are the challenges to its growth and success? How can we create the conditions for talents to move around these clusters?
• Update on Oxford, Cambridge, London – what has changed since 2018 Knowledge Capital insight study?
• London’s relationship to the Golden Triangle – what are the key priorities to enable greater collaboration across these knowledge clusters? What are the challenges to its growth and success? How can we create the conditions for talents to move around these clusters?
• At local level, how can we enable social inclusion and the spreading of the benefits of knowledge clusters to local communities? How can we make sure institutions and universities integrate and give back to local communities?