Knowledge Capital: Making places for education, innovation and health

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'Knowledge Capital: making places for education, innovation and health' explores the transformation of London’s education and medical sector estate. This major research paper published by New London Architecture (NLA) examines how innovation clusters, new technology and ground-breaking design are key drivers of the city’s future economy.

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.

This publication forms part of the Knowledge Capital series and is accompanied by a major public exhibition, showcasing London education, innovation and health projects and initiatives, and a programme of events, including debates, talks and visits. 

Knowledge Capital forms a key part of our year-round Education and Health programme.

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Knowledge Capital events programme


The Knowledge Capital research paper is accompanied by a publication, an exhibition and showcase of London education, innovation and health projects and initiatives, as well a three-month programme of events, from May - July 2018, including the following debates, talks and visits: