Knowledge Capital

Making places for education, innovation and health

May - July 2018

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Allies and Morrison, Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute © Ståle Eriksen

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Knowledge Capital examines the transformation of London’s education and medical sector estate. As the population grows, the capital continues to pioneer new technology and ground-breaking design to deliver enhanced teaching, research and health service facilities for all Londoners.

This research investigates the current scale and nature of development in the education and health sector, focusing on universities, colleges, campuses, research centres, incubators, innovation centres, hospitals and clinics, identifying the key districts of growth in London, the East and the South East regions and the factors influencing and supporting their location.

As major landowners and placemakers in London, we look at the role these estates play in shaping the wider city and the potential they hold to help solve the housing crisis, create better places for Londoners and provide opportunities for the emergence and growth of smaller start-up industries and bodies.

With several key projects recently completed, under construction and in planning across the capital, including London BioScience Innovation Centre, The Francis Crick and The London Cancer Hub, we explore the significance of these schemes and the lessons learnt for future projects in London. In third level education, major expansion and relocation plans in London’s University sector include UCL East and Imperial College signal a change in thinking around the role of education campuses and their place in wider London.

How are universities, hospitals and research institutions adjusting and adapting to new technologies, changing trends in working and the increasing need for co-location of functions? What role is London’s leading built environment sector playing in the creation and regeneration of successful, sustainable and cutting-edge research, teaching and medical estates?

What lessons can London learn from international cities to maintain it’s position as a leading global centre of research and innovation? How can the London, Cambridge, Oxford triangle better work together to achieve the wider regional planning ambitions? What effect will Brexit have and what steps must be taken now to future-proof the sector and estate?

Knowledge Capital is accompanied by a publication, available for free here, an exhibition and showcase of London education, innovation and health projects and initiatives, as well a three-month programme of events, including debates, talks and visits. 

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Part of NLA’s Education & Health Programme 

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Following NLA’s recent influential studies including London’s Towns, London: Design Capital and WRK / LDN our current Research Paper Knowledge Capital will again engage at a strategic level to help shape future approaches to London’s health, education and research sectors.

The study forms a core part of NLA’s year-round Education & Health programme, bringing together key policy makers and organisations to discuss, debate and share best practice on supporting growth in London’s education and health sectors.

We are looking for a select number of organisations to get involved through championing and supporting this Research Paper. 

For more information contact Aurelia Amanitis or call 020 7636 4044.


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