news

Imperial College unveils masterplan for former BBC site

Imperial College London has revealed ambitious plans for a massive campus on the former BBC site in Wood Lane.
BBC Woodlands site

ONE of the country's top universities has revealed its masterplan for a massive new campus on the former BBC site in Wood Lane.

Imperial College London wants to convert the Woodlands site to include state-of-the-art health and biomedical research facilities, office space, a four star hotel and a public square.

The first phase of the project, which is called Imperial West, is well underway with the construction of four studio blocks for 606 postgraduate students. and family units for researchers, lecturers and trainee doctors due to be completed in August.

The university, based in South Kensington, has now submitted an 87,900 sqm planning application to Hammersmith and Fulham council, giving the outline of the overall plans and details for the next phase - the research facilities, a technology building for new businesses and an apartment block for around 220 flats.

Project director for Imperial West, John Anderson, said: "Imperial West will enable the College to expand upon its 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.

"Imperial West will provide real and lasting benefits for the capital, helping to grow the London economy, and has the capacity to generate and sustain over 3,000 jobs."

The masterplan, which will also include new shops, a pharmacy and a nursery, is expected to be completed stage by stage over the next decade.

Imperial West is located in the White City Opportunity Area, which has been created to encourage thousands of new homes and jobs in the area.

Imperial hopes the site will become a major centre for scientific, technological, business and medical education.

View full mobile page