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PLP completes scheme at Imperial College’s White City campus

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PLP Architecture has revealed its Translation and Innovation Hub at Imperial College’s new White City campus in West London

PROJECT DATAPLANS • SECTIONS

The university’s new 25-acre campus is dedicated to research and innovation in science, engineering, medicine and business and according to the practice ‘brings together scientific research and business on a scale unprecedented in London’.

The 17,000m2 scheme, named the I-HUB, will house flexible incubator spaces and offices to allow corporate partners, start-ups and other companies to work alongside university researchers.

Arranged in two wings around a central atrium space the building also features a café, laboratories, and meeting rooms.

Clad in terracotta, the building’s east elevation is designed to complement the scale and colour of the scheme’s residential neighbours while the taller southern faced creates a ‘striking aesthetic’.

Michael Faulkner, director at PLP Architecture, said: ‘The design of the new I-HUB creates a visually-striking landmark. For the interiors of the building, we have created bright, open and flexible spaces that respond to a variety of work styles and tenants and will allow easy interaction between researchers and commercial partners. The terracotta exterior has been designed to mark the I-HUB as a standout building at the White City Campus.’ 

Eulian Roberts, chief executive of Imperial College ThinkSpace, added: ‘The I-HUB will support exciting new partnerships between business and researchers. The connections it offers to Imperial’s leading academics at the White City Campus and the wider London research community will encourage both the businesses and scientists located there to push the boundaries of their work, resulting in innovations that can be translated into commercial applications for the benefit of society.’

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Source: Alan Marten

Lower ground floor plan

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Ground floor plan

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

First floor plan

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Sections 

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Imperial College I-HUB by PLP Architecture

Source: Alan Marten

Project data

Location West London
Type of project university
Client Imperial College and Voreda Capital
Architect PLP Architecture
Main contractor Laing O’Rourke
Masterplanning architect Auckett Swanke
Project manager Meedhurst Project Management
Structural engineer Curtins
Planning consultant JLL
MEP, acoustics, sustainability and fire engineers Hoare Lea
Landscape architect Turkington Martin
Area 17,000m2

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