Imperial College Plan to Take Former BBC Office Space in West London
The university have submitted planning permission to construct mixed-use space at a former BBC site. Plans include a hotel and residential area as well as office space in West London.
Plans have been submitted by Imperial College London to take up office space in West London that was formerly used by the BBC.
The university hope to transform the site in White City into a mixed-use development including office space and health and biomedical research facilities.
Imperial state that they also plan to construct a 30 storey residential tower and a four star hotel as well as a public square the size of Soho square in the new proposals.
The scheme, known as Imperial West, is already in its first phase with the construction of ten storey residential blocks for around 600 students expected to be completed by August.
Project director for Imperial West, John Anderson said: “Imperial West will enable the College to expand upon the 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.
“We have refined the designs of the residential building, the academic health building and the office building to respond positively to residents’ comments as well as to the requirements of the planning authorities and Greater London Authority.“
The university have submitted plans for the next phase of the project to Hammersmith and Fulham council, where they outline how they plan to use the 87,900 sq m of partial office space in West London.
The BBC previously sold the Woodlands site to Imperial College in 2009 and the broadcasters plan to downsize their office space in West London as they move more staff to Salford’s MediaCityUK.
Architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson and PLP Architecture are responsible for the design of Imperial West.