Imperial West: Translation and Innovation Hub

Imperial West: Translation and Innovation Hub

Architect
PLP Architecture

Aukett Swanke
Location
London, UK | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Research Facilities
Hufton+Crow

Imperial College London Thinkspace Translation & Innovation Hub London

PLP Architecture as Architects

Thinkspace is an integrated education and research facility at Imperial College’s White City Campus. It sits within a larger master plan that has created a vibrant mixed-use urban quarter, integrating academic programme with office, retail, hotel and residential uses in an inclusive, welcoming and publicly-accessible environment.

 

It is located on a prominent site next to the Westway, the long and elevated motorway that serves as a main artery into London and is already becoming the focal point of a cluster of future science and technology companies in the local Opportunity Area Planning Framework.

 

The building provides bespoke accommodation for technology start-up companies created from the College’s research endeavours alongside modern and efficient office space for commercial tenants. The high-profile building was created to help the College attract and empower the best talent and in turn enable it to remain at the leading edge of academic research and discovery.

 

“Imperial West’s Research and Translation Hub provides the physical environment to enable world-class research and knowledge transfer at scale – driving innovation and growth” - Professor David Gann CBE Vice-President(Development & Innovation)

 

Thinkspace is divided into two wings, one seven storeys high and the other twelve storeys, and provides an important buffer between the motorway and the campus. Each wing houses a variety of modern and flexible research environments which allow the College to meet the needs of biotechnology, electronics and physical sciences start-up companies. Its location in White City also allows these companies to maintain links to the established research base at nearby Hammersmith Hospital.

 

Offices throughout the building are bright, open and adaptable to suit a variety of tenant sizes and working methods. Their inherent flexibility allows for new ways of working, with the boundary between research space and offices adjustable to suit market demands and future needs. In addition, they are appropriate for a wide variety of tenants including specialist ancillary businesses such as accountancy, patents and law.

 

Our contextual design reflects extensive consultation with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Greater London Authority and local residents’ groups. The wider development is already playing a critical role in the area’s regeneration and has encouraged public engagement with a previously inaccessible space.

 

Thinkspace was created as a highly-efficient low-carbon building with minimal energy demand and efficient usage. It has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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