Oxford Brookes and BioRegional launch Eco-Bicester Living Lab
Monday, 14 July 2014
Oxford Brookes and BioRegional announced the launch of a new research and innovation initiative this month with an event organised in the John Paul-II Centre in Bicester.
The Eco-Bicester Living Lab
(EBLL), which is a joint collaboration between Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD)
at Oxford Brookes and BioRegional Development Group, has been
developed to capture the learning and innovation that is happening in Bicester.
It will also share the lessons learned
locally, and with the wider communities in UK and beyond.
Cherwell District Council and A2Dominion are key stakeholders, with many
others involved in specific projects.
The Living Lab has grown out of the significant housing growth and the
research and innovation that has been happening in Bicester, partly due to its
status as one of four “eco towns” in the UK.
The project will see 393 high performance homes being constructed on
site now, with plans for a further 6,400 new homes by 2026.
Prior to the project launch there has been the delivery of an impressive
portfolio of demonstration projects across Bicester.
These projects include innovative retrofit technologies, new business
models for the roll out of renewables, future proofing the eco-town for a
changing climate and carbon mapping homes in a Bicester neighbourhood using the
DECoRuM approach to identify opportunities for reducing energy use and fuel
The EBLL initiative
combines such innovation, research and development projects into one virtual
The Living Lab will not only provide Bicester with evidence-based
learning and innovation, but also contribute to transforming Bicester into a
sustainable and exceptional place to live and work.
The aims of the Living Lab are to:
world-leading academic research and innovation to Bicester to enable the
creation of a truly sustainable town for the 21st century.
a framework of learning and improvement for the various sustainability
initiatives and programmes in the town.
rigorously the learning from the various initiatives and spread it across
the UK and around the world.
a focus for advances in solutions to sustainability, as applied, tested
and evaluated in Eco-Bicester.
Bicester as a centre for research and innovation.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of OISD and Co-Director
of the Eco-Bicester Living Lab said: “Eco-Bicester Living Lab is a unique
cross-sector and cross-disciplinary initiative in which novel ideas related to
sustainability will be tested in the urban realm with the explicit goal of
learning for continuous feedback and improvement.
“The rigorous academic evaluation will underpin knowledge-sharing with industry,
policy-making and voluntary sectors across the UK and around the world.”
Further details on the Living Lab and other projects can be found at http://bicesterlivinglab.org/