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Major biotech firm and Airbus agree moves to White City

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Image captionImage 1: The MediaWorks building in White City Place

Hammersmith & Fulham’s thriving tech district got a boost after a major life sciences company agreed to move to White City.

Biotech firm Autolus - which was valued at $534million last month -  have agreed to let 33,000sqft of office and lab space at the MediaWorks building in White City Place in Wood Lane.

Autolus will be the latest firm to join White City’s booming tech hotbed, which includes Imperial College London’s new innovation and research district, Yoox Net-A-Porter’s Tech Hub and the exciting co-working space, Huckletree West.

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Image caption: Image 2: Biotech firm Autolus will move into the MediaWorks building

It coincides with Upstream – H&F Council’s new partnership with Imperial College London to make the borough a leading destination for the biotech, digital and creative industries.

“White City is becoming London’s next big tech powerhouse,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts. “We’re bringing the borough’s local economy into the 21st century as we aim to become the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”


Autolus is scheduled to move into the new office space in October when they will take over the fifth floor of the MediaWorks building.

It’s currently developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer.

“The arrival of Autolus at White City Place highlights the transformation of the area into a hotbed of scientific and technological innovation following the development of Imperial College’s new campus,” said Eiichiro Onozawa, Managing Director of Mitsui Fudosan, one of the companies behind the MediaWorks scheme. “White City is increasingly the destination of choice for life sciences companies looking to relocate in London.”

Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo are the developers and owners of the 17-acre site in White City Place.

Airbus moves in

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Image caption: Image 3: Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo are the developers and owners of the 17-acre MediaWorks site in White City Place

Over in Imperial’s innovative I-Hub building in Wood Lane, aviation giant Airbus has opened a new office for its defence and space team.

The global aerospace company – which is currently designing an electric-powered passenger jet – will join other businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs alongside Imperial’s extensive network of researchers, academics and other corporate partners.

Imperial College is already home to world-leading space research at its SpaceLab where The Aerial Robotics Lab, led by Dr. Mirko Kovac, is developing next-generation robotics for space exploration and Dr Ned Ekins-Daukes is leading research into highly efficient solar cells.

Find out more about SpaceLab.

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