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Imperial College gets the go ahead from Ealing Council for North Acton Campus

Ealing Council’s Planning Committee has voted unanimously for Imperial’s new investment in North Acton which will provide a new employment ecosystem where both Imperial and its network of innovators and entrepreneurs can build for the future. In addition, the scheme will deliver high-quality accommodation for students and genuinely affordable accommodation for Key Workers.

The benefits include:

  • A substantial increase in employment space in modern and flexible office accommodation – from 3,488m2 to 6,214m2 – aimed at new innovator start-up businesses which are emerging from Imperial and the West London tech-ecosystem.

  • 85 residential units, including 35 affordable units.

  • 736 student bed spaces to meet Imperial’s need for additional accommodation.

  • A high-quality architectural design which will improve the visual appearance of the site and surroundings.

  • Potential options to connect with the Victoria Industrial Estate to the east, should this come forward for development in the future.

  • An attractive living environment with a good provision of public and private amenity space in addition to communal amenity space and landscaping of a high quality.

Imperial has a growing involvement in North Acton. In addition to the purchase of 140 Wales Farm Road in early 2017, the Woodward Halls student residence opened in 2015 and the Carphone Warehouse site was purchased in December 2016 which demonstrates Imperial’s long-term commitment to the area.

Elsewhere in West London, Imperial is also developing the White City Campus which is a 23-acre regeneration area. Together with the Hammersmith Hospital Campus this will create a new research quarter for London. The proposed development at 140 Wales Farm Road will look to build on and integrate with Imperial’s west London research campuses to deliver regeneration benefits, new jobs, student residences and homes.

Quatro organised the public consultation with local residents and businesses and arranged briefings to local Councillors on behalf of Imperial.


Urbanest has received planning permission from the City Corporation’s Planning and Transport Committee for the redevelopment of Emperor House and Roman Wall House in Vine Street.

The development, designed by Hopkins Architects, comprises a mixed-use scheme of offices, incubator accommodation, student accommodation, retail and public exhibition space.

The proposed office element of the scheme will comprise 6,806 sqm spread across eleven upper floors with floorplates ranging from 350-500 sqm and has been designed to respond to the requirement for SME office space in the 300-1,000 sqm range.

The development will include 619 student rooms and is supported by King’s College London. The accommodation will be fully managed by Urbanest.

The development includes a pedestrian route linking Jewry Street to Vine Street, providing a significant public benefit to the area in improving permeability and accessibility.

The proposals will also provide public access to the Roman Wall and a new exhibition, curated by the Museum of London.

Quatro organised Urbanest’s consultation programme, which included regular engagement with residents, businesses and Ward Councillors throughout the planning process.

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