Bicester Motion in Oxfordshire
Bicester Motion is a 444-acre branded commercial and leisure destination, strategically located at the heart of the UK’s mobility and tourism industries.
Bicester Motion is looking for an equity investment of up to £20 million to kickstart projects such as the 14 acre Innovation Quarter, and to support the planning and development of future quarters.
Capital investment - real estate
(Zero emission vehicles, Greener buildings, Offices, Mixed use, Science & innovation, Retail, leisure & creative)
Bicester Motion Ltd
£300 million GDV
Outline planning obtained
Time to Final Investment Decision (FID):
Sector and market opportunity
The Innovation Quarter supports the government’s policy for the UK to become a science and innovation superpower.
Oxfordshire has one of the highest concentrations of innovation assets in the world, with universities and scientific, technology and business parks at the forefront of global innovation in transformative technologies and sectors. This includes:
- fusion technology
- autonomous vehicles
- quantum computing
- life sciences
- digital health
Bicester Motion is based in the Oxford-Cambridge Technology Arc and Motorsport Valley – the home of UK automotive and motion businesses.
Due to its exceptional connectivity it’s perfectly positioned to attract high-end motion technology occupiers, particularly the rapidly growing autonomous vehicles sector. A key factor in this is the surrounding area’s supportive knowledge and skills ecosystem.
Optimally located in central England, Bicester boasts exceptional domestic and international connectivity.
It has direct road access to the M40 motorway that links London to Birmingham via Motorsport Valley.
There are direct rail services to Oxford (15 minutes), London Marylebone (50 minutes) and Birmingham (30 minutes), with plans for future connections to Cambridge as part of the East West Rail link.
For international travel by air, London Heathrow and Birmingham are both a 60-minute journey by car, with Luton 70 minutes away.
Local talent and skills
Bicester is located within the UK’s Golden Triangle, close to the talent pools of Oxford Brookes and Oxford University, and growing technology clusters including Harwell Campus, Culham Science Park, and Silverstone Business Park.
The development of local talent is also supported by major automotive manufacturers and motorsport businesses located in Oxfordshire including:
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Mercedes F1
- Red Bull
South of England
The region is home to 21 million people. It offers opportunities across a wide range of sectors from nuclear and aerospace, to life science and new technologies. There are vibrant clusters of expertise spanning 5G, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
Research and expertise
The Bicester Motion masterplan has been developed in partnership with leading consultancy practices advising on viability, economics, planning, and development.
These advisers include JLL, CBRE, Ridge & Partners, and Driven International.
The Innovation Quarter is the next stage of the strategic delivery of the Bicester Motion masterplan. So far Bicester Motion has created 346,500 square feet of occupied business space to create Bicester Heritage.
This campus is home to leading specialists in the historic motoring sector including:
- Morgan Motorcar Company
- Bonhams Auction House
- Mercedes AMG Petronas F1
- Motorsport UK
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights
Existing heritage properties have been regenerated and re-purposed, with new-build being created on brownfield land and delivered to sustainable standards.
Future projects, including the Innovation Quarter, are being planned to meet UK sustainability standards. They will promote gains in biodiversity and create accessible green spaces to meet the requirements of occupiers and investors.
The Innovation Quarter, with its emphasis on future mobility and autonomous vehicles, links directly to the ambition set out in the UK government’s 10-point plan.
Promoters and partnerships
Bicester Motion is a private investment group consisting of a curated group of professional investors.
The Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership (OXLEP) supports and promotes Bicester Motion as an internal investment proposition.
Experience Oxfordshire (EO), the official Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire, supports and promotes Bicester Motion as a UK visitor destination.
Local and national government support
Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council support and promote the scheme as a development and growth area.
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