'BioHotel' To Open at White City Place

Will supply flexible office space for startup life sciences businesses

Visualisation of how Gateway West will look on completion

The first ‘BioHotel’ in London will be at the WestWorks building, part of the 17-acre business and life sciences hub at White City Place. The BioHotel is due to open in March 2022 with around 15,000 sq ft of lab and office space in the White City innovation district in west London.

The BioHotel will offer startups and scaleups co-working labs and equipment under one roof and on a flexible basis. The facility is the result of a deal signed between OpenCall, Cadillac Fairview and Stanhope.

OpenCell will create a cluster of small labs available for short-term rent, with a lab coat laundry service, PPE vending machines and a store selling pipettes and consumables also on site.

White City Place is already home to a cluster of large and small life science and innovative biotech companies including Engitix, GammaDelta Therapeutics, Adaptate Biotherapeutics, Autolus and Novartis

Helen Steiner, co-founder of OpenCell said the BioHotel is intended to “let companies focus on their tech instead of investing time and money into their infrastructure and there is a “focus on providing a one-stop-shop for everything life science needs”.

Gateway Central in White City
Gateway Central in White City

David Camp, CEO of Stanhope, said: “that it was bold that Mitsui and AIMCo decided to take a punt with Stanhope as co-investors on buying the BBC media village buildings in 2015 and to create a pharma and life sciences hub at White City Place.”

“White City Place is now owned by Cadillac Fairview and home to businesses including GammaDelta Therapeutics, Novartis and biopharmaceutical firm Autolus and a number of groups have moved to the area to be closer to where the action is. The life sciences sector is not having a short-term boom, it is on a big growth spurt path.”

The original developers and investors at White City Place, Stanhope, Mitsui and AIMCo, bought the former BBC media city buildings in 2015 to create a pharma and life sciences hub which is currently a business and innovation district of 900,000 sq ft. White City Place is now owned by long term strategic real estate investor Cadillac Fairview with Stanhope as the development and asset manager.

White City Place is also home to creative companies including ITV, the BBC and YOOX-Net-a-Porter.

Stanhope is also working on three new buildings with investors Mitsui and AIMCo on the Gateway site at White City Place. Gateway East is a building with 500,000 sq ft of lab enabled space and two office buildings Gateway Central, 250,000 sq ft, half pre-let to L’Oreal, and Gateway West, 25,000 sq ft, both of which have recently been completed in construction terms and due to open by the end of 2022.


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November 22, 2021