EAST – WEST ARC – DELIVERING THE FUTURE: OXFORD – MILTON KEYNES – CAMBRIDGE
On 19 June 2018 the University of Westminster with the support of the National Infrastructure Commission invites you to the East – West Arc Symposium, examining the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc as a gateway to deliver sustainable prosperity, at our Marylebone Campus.
The East-West Arc from Oxford to Milton Keynes and Cambridge is one of the most innovative and dynamic areas of the UK, central to the greater urbanised area from London to Birmingham. Its potential is recognised by the government as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the region to become a ‘knowledge-intensive growth cluster, competing globally’. Yet that potential is capped by inadequate infrastructure and expensive housing.
The two-day symposium on delivering a sustainable future for the East-West Arc will address these challenges from a wide range of perspectives. Click here to reserve your space:
Why is this symposium important?
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) report PARTNERING FOR PROSPERITY: A new deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc sets out one vision and approach to infrastructure-led growth linked to place making. It sets out new thinking to meet the housing challenge that is equivalent to a new city the size of Birmingham. Government has long recognised the strategic importance of the Arc, not just to the Arc itself, comprised of three recently-formed regional growth boards, but also through its links with London, the Midlands and beyond.
Symposium and workshop 9:30am to 4:00pm
The symposium will feature interactive dialogue including the audience with leading figures in local and national government, professions, industry, the academy and other groups dealing with the East-West Arc. Bringing together in constructive dialogue this wide range of sectors best frames the debates on the future of this dynamic territory. Panel topics include the National Infrastructure Commission’s extensive work on the Arc, the Futures of the City Region, Governing and Delivering the City Region, and presentations from University of Westminster Design Studios on the East-West arc. It includes plenary addresses, panels, time for audience discussion, and a workshop on key elements necessary for the delivery framework.