World class hub for research and living

Picture: Imperial College West campus at White City

The Director of Financial Strategy at Imperial College London, John Anderson, joined the third panel at "Intelligent Cities" at White City Place to discuss with Mitsui Fudosan's David Height and HOK's Daniel Hajjar how cities can create significant knowledge clusters in vibrant urban districts.

John explained how the university had grown at a compound rate of 7% throughout its 100 year history but had become constrained by its 14 acre site in 'Albertopolis" in South Kensington - next to London's museum quarter and the Royal College of Art, and expensive homes in white stucco terraces.

'We needed to grow to remain world class. We are a London institution and an urban one, so we looked for space in a borough where the council was supportive and that was White City in Hammersmith and Fulham.

David Height of Mitsui Fudosan concurred: "There's been a clear trend towards locating R&D in urban settings, such as in Boston, Sa