The centrepiece of the 7-acre new Imperial West campus is the multi-million Research and Translation Hub for academics and business partners that will see the building of new homes, publicly accessible green space, pedestrian subways and leisure and retail facilities.
Imperial West is set to become a major new research quarter for London, reinforcing the capital’s position as a catalyst for scientific development and economic growth
Imperial bought the land for the new campus from the BBC in 2009. The first new building, which provides accommodation for over 600 postgraduates and early career researchers, has been occupied since September 2012.
Terms of the planning permission for the rest of the site were agreed with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in December 2012
Design work on the Hub, which is funded by investor Voreda and from the College’s own resources, is underway. The College plans to complete the construction in 2015.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is home to some of the world’s leading universities and sharpest business minds.
“This fantastic venture will bring the best of both these worlds together turning brilliant ideas into jobs and economic growth and further bolster our reputation as the must-come destination for research and development.”
Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, said: “Imperial is one of our country’s great universities and the new Imperial West campus is a really exciting development. It will focus on translational work – on applying the excellent research that Imperial does to bring benefit to the wider world.
“The government strongly supports the vision and plans for the new campus and we look forward to seeing it grow and prosper in the future.”
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Imperial College London is giving an extra stimulus to the building engineering sector with submitting detailed plans for its redevelopment of the former BBC site on Wood Lane in White City, west London.
The new re-development will be equipped with wide-range of facilities and multi-purpose buildings meaning that a variety of construction firms will be able to benefit from the investment.
One of the leading contactors, ISG, is building the first phase of four, 10-storey accommodation blocks for 600 students on the site. The project is scheduled to be completed in August this year.
The 87,900 square meters redevelopment will include health and biomedical research centre, building for new technology start-up businesses and a four-star hotel.
In addition to the new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom private homes, which will be built on campus, Imperial College London will be built with local convenience services – including retail, pharmacy and healthcare services.
Imperial West is a new venture brining innovative ideas and modern design together. The architects of the projects are Aukett Fitzroy Robinson and PLP Architecture. The design includes a 34-storey landmark residential tower that will rise above the West London skyline.
John Anderson, Project Director for Imperial West, said: “Imperial West will enable the College to expand upon the success of its South Kensington site to create a second, open access academic campus that provides the physical infrastructure for world-class research and teaching, leading-edge facilities for business development and technology transfer, and create an attractive environment to live and work in.”
“We have refined the designs of the residential building, the academic health building and the office building to respond positively to residents’ comments as well as to the requirements of the planning authorities and Greater London Authority”.
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