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Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy update

COCREATIF has joined a team led by City Science to update the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy for the Oxfordshire Growth Board, a strategic partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire’s five District Councils and other key strategic partners. The strategy update was designed to establish future investment priorities and potential delivery and funding opportunities for strategic infrastructure, supporting the delivery of the emerging Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

Our focus was to embed a ‘needs-based’ approach in the assessment and prioritisation of various infrastructure schemes. Our methodology, developed in collaboration with the client and other key stakeholders, put key sustainability and social value outcomes, such as decarbonisation, biodiversity, social cohesion, wellbeing, safety and innovation, at the heart of decision-making.

COCREATIF provided expert advice on health and place-shaping – two of the five pillars along with environment, productivity and connectivity while also being engaged in the development of a holistic, integrated outcome-oriented assessment framework.

Our bespoke approach was well received by the client and key stakeholders. It has also been used to inform future infrastructure strategies across Oxford-Cambridge Arc more widely.

Stage 1 report was delivered along with a digital map-based tool to support the public consultation process. The interactive digital tool was designed by City Science’s award-winning software developer team to encourage active and broader engagement. Stage 2 will begin later in 2021 and aim to identify future infrastructure needs to 2050 in line with the growth trajectory identified in the Oxfordshire Plan.

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