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Thu 17 Feb
How the knowledge economy in the Arc can help with levelling up across the UK
Following the fantastic response to our Future of Life Sciences webinar last year, the Arc Universities Group, CBI and Bidwells are teaming up again to discuss how further investment in the Arc’s knowledge economy can help to drive the Government’s levelling-up agenda.
BEN OxCam Arc Conference - Mike Derbyshire's Keynote Speech
During Built Environment Network's (BEN) OxCam Arc Conference, sponsored by Bidwells, Head of Planning Mike Derbyshire kicked off the first day by delivering a keynote speech. Mike called on government, property, science and academia to think radically about the future of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and deliver a new type of economic growth.
Why is driving prosperity and growth in the centre of the arc so important?
It’s no secret that Cambridge has led in growing life sciences, with notable acceleration over the past decade. Trailblazing companies, AstraZeneca being one, have relocated to the area and enhanced its growth.
As the science & technology sector evolves, so too must its real estate. The utilisation of AI, robotics and cloud-based research data is changing the way scientists work and the spaces they occupy. Demand and pace of start-ups and spin-outs is rapidly changing the market.
The economic and human costs of the COVID-19 crisis deepened during the fourth quarter as we embarked nationally on a second, and now, third lockdown period. Cambridge has remained at the centre of the pandemic response with activity continuing in the city’s university R&D buildings and across its science parks and quarters.