White City - a new destination

A new destination

White City is one of the most exciting, dynamic and rapidly changing parts of London.

Boasting a fascinating history, the area began its most recent evolution in 2008, becoming the capital’s go-to destination for entertainment and shopping with the arrival of Westfield London.

It is now quickly establishing itself as a pioneering quarter for arts, culture, innovation, science and learning – with resident organisations including the revamped BBC Media Village, the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

The White City Opportunity Area

Imperial’s White City campus is a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of a vibrant area to live, work and play. We are driving this evolution with a £2 billion investment in a new 23-acre integrated collaborative campus, at the heart of the White City Opportunity Area.

The vision for the White City Opportunity Area is for a vibrant and creative place - a stimulating, high quality, accessible and inclusive environment where people will want to live, work, and spend their leisure time. Anchored by Imperial, the area is becoming a unique and distinctive innovation community. 

Multidisciplinary research facilities are opening at the northern section of our site, alongside space for businesses, accommodation for postgraduate students and a residential building. Meanwhile, plans for the southern part of the site, which will include more academic hubs and facilities for commercial and research partners, are underway.

We’re also committed to making a positive impact in White City by working in partnership with the local community to create new opportunities, unleash local talent and make a difference in areas such as education, employment, enterprise and health.

Imperial’s story so far

Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB)Imperial’s White City Campus is located on Wood Lane, on the east side of the road − extending across the north and south of the A40 Westway dual carriageway road.

Development of the North Site is now at an advanced stage. In 2012, the Gradpad accommodation welcomed the first of its 600 postgraduate students, followed by the opening of the Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB) in 2016. The Molecular Sciences Research Hub (MSRH) , which provides a new research home for Imperial's Department of Chemistry, opened in September 2018, and this will be followed by Eighty Eight Wood Lane and The Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub later in 2019. 

The larger South Site currently houses the Invention Rooms, a pioneering new way of engaging the local community, but the majority of the site is currently under planning.