Garden City design wins £250,000 for company

Nicholas Falk

Nicholas Falk

First published in News

AFTER winning a £250,000 prize for a design to turn Oxford into a “garden city”, Nicholas Falk said his job has just begun.

His consultancy, URBED, won the second annual Wolfson Economic Prize, which asked: “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?”

Using Oxford as a case study, Dr Falk, who studied at Oxford University, proposed building thousands of new homes in four planned extensions to the city.

These would be north of Abingdon, south of Blackbird Leys, East of Headington and north of Kidlington.

The 19th-century garden city movement championed balanced urban planning with green space.

Dr Falk said: “I love Oxford and I care about its future.

“Oxford has a desperate need to grow, so one can almost take the city council’s support for granted.”

Oxfordshire’s five district councils have calculated they must build 100,000 homes by 2031 to meet targets.

A recent study – called a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) – shows that Oxford needs 28,000 homes by 2031.

However, the city’s executive director for regeneration and housing David Edwards said the city would only be able to fit in 8,000 of these.

  • See URBED’s full plan at policyexchange.org.uk
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9:53am Fri 5 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The notorious Oxford(shire) faction of the CPRE must be incredulous!

£250,000 prize to expand Oxford in one story and a £35M plan to build a new transport link on the Green Belt in another.

There'll be noses raised in disgust, loins girded and frantic letters to the Oxford Mail & Oxford Times expressing horror!
The notorious Oxford(shire) faction of the CPRE must be incredulous! £250,000 prize to expand Oxford in one story and a £35M plan to build a new transport link on the Green Belt in another. There'll be noses raised in disgust, loins girded and frantic letters to the Oxford Mail & Oxford Times expressing horror! Andrew:Oxford
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10:07am Fri 12 Sep 14

brucklay227 says...

There can't have been much, if any, competition for this prize because 8000 homes hardly comprises a city so one does wonder what the criteria for it was based upon?

The large site to the west of Abingdon however does solve the problem and can fit 30000 such houses as well as making the whole concept a Garden City in the truest meaning. Houses , city centre, businesses, schools, medical centres, main line station link to London and the West. Everything that effectively the winning site didn't have.
There can't have been much, if any, competition for this prize because 8000 homes hardly comprises a city so one does wonder what the criteria for it was based upon? The large site to the west of Abingdon however does solve the problem and can fit 30000 such houses as well as making the whole concept a Garden City in the truest meaning. Houses , city centre, businesses, schools, medical centres, main line station link to London and the West. Everything that effectively the winning site didn't have. brucklay227
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