ThinkSpace Takes Possession of Landmark Building

ThinkSpace Takes Possession of Landmark Building

Imperial College London ThinkSpace has taken possession of the new Translation and Innovation Hub at the College’s White City Campus, following the building’s completion by contractor Laing O’Rourke.

The new £200 million hub is one of the landmark buildings on the campus, a major research and innovation district for science, engineering, medicine and business located in White City, West London.

Building contractor Laing O’Rourke was appointed to construct the hub, which was designed by Aukett Swanke and PLP Architecture, in 2014.

The building houses a range of modern laboratories, incubator and accelerator spaces, and flexible office space in its 187,400 sq ft, and will provided a place for corporate partners, fast-growth companies, spin-outs, start-ups and entrepreneurs to work alongside Imperial academics to grow ideas and translate cutting-edge research into commercial applications.

Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive of Imperial College ThinkSpace, said: “The Translation & Innovation Hub will help businesses, both new and established, to reach new heights as they benefit from co-location with Imperial College London’s world-class academics and the wider London research community.

“The handover of the hub marks the next exciting step in the development of the College’s White City Campus. The Campus will be a centre for multidisciplinary research and innovation to help tackle some of the world’s most critical health, natural sciences, engineering and data challenges. By bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and students, the Campus will create a new networked environment that will drive successful collaboration and experimentation.”

The hub is located on the northern side of the new 25-acre White City Campus, which is currently under development. The new accommodation block for post-graduates is also already in use, and the final stages of the new Molecular Sciences Research Hub are about to begin. Construction will begin on the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub over the coming months, as well as for another major residential tower.

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