Digital Launch for White City Innovation District

Partnership between Imperial College and council takes another step forward

A vista of the much changed White City area

The White City Innovation District had a formal digital launch earlier this month (22 March).

The zone is a partnership between Imperial College London and Hammersmith & Fulham (HF) Council and is already home to organisations such as Novartis, Airbus, ITV and The Royal College of Art.

Businesses spanning life sciences, biotech, medtech, cleantech, engineering, cyber, quantum computing and foodtech - together with White City’s local community, are aiming to establish the district as an economic and cultural hotspot.

Conceived in 2017, the district is the nearest major business centre to Heathrow Airport and close to the West End.

Commenting on the launch, Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London said, “White City Innovation District is home to some of the world’s most dynamic innovators. Like the early days of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs are clustering with academics, established industry and a vibrant local community. Scientists, engineers, medics and businesspeople are co-locating and co-creating on an unprecedented scale.”

H&F Leader Councillor Stephen Cowan commented, "Our inclusive growth strategy for White City draws on the experience of economic eco-systems from around the world. The extraordinary collaboration between H&F as a public authority, Imperial College London as a major academic institution and entrepreneurs and businesses is transforming White City into a global economic hotspot in the most innovative sectors of the 21st century economy.”

He added, “We want these opportunities to be open to the widest possible number of people which is why linking the work of our schools, apprenticeship programmes, youth services and retraining schemes is central to our approach. The growth and innovations being generated in White City is strengthening the UK economy and will shape the future for decades to come. It is a model for a new British industrial revolution.”

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March 28, 2022