'Silicon Green' of Shepherd's Bush: Plans to create west London technology equivalent of Old Street's Silicon roundabout

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Ambitious plans for a “West Tech” counterweight to the digital districts around Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout in east London are unveiled today.

Labour-run Hammersmith and  Fulham council wants to create a  “beacon of innovation” around the “Silicon Green” of Shepherd’s Bush. 

The west side of the capital has been largely overlooked in the boom that has turned London into Europe’s pre-eminent tech city within a decade.

Council leader Stephen Cowan said collaboration with academia and the biotech, digital and creative sectors could make the borough Britain’s equivalent of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where top universities Harvard and MIT are based.


The idea is to be west London’s equivalent of Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout.

Imperial College London is investing £3 billion in a new postgraduate campus north of Shepherd’s Bush with a focus on commercial applications for advanced blue-sky research.

An industrial strategy document launched by the council today, called Economic Growth for Everyone, outlines measures to boost enterprise, innovation and skills. These include a “growth partnership” with Imperial to support local tech and creative businesses, possible business rate reductions, and new career development plans for science and maths teachers.

Mr Cowan said: “We are already home to major international businesses, alongside a thriving start-up and small business community. 

“We want to create the right conditions for these firms to flourish.” 

Professor Alice Gast, president of Imperial College London, said: “At our White City Campus, we are building a dynamic environment where academics work alongside corporate and community partners to drive discovery, promote entrepreneurship, inspire young people, and develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time.”

Nick McCooke, chief business officer of diagnostics company DNAe, based in the Ugli campus in Wood Lane, said: “The location has been perfect not only for attracting local talent but also to act as our global HQ: we have facilities in San Diego, USA, so access to Heathrow as well as into the City and to Imperial is ideal.”

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