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Public consultations launch for Whitechapel Road – a new home for life sciences in London

Plans are underway to develop a new life sciences adaptable development across five sites at Whitechapel Road as part of the Barts Life Sciences programme.

The new development will provide the space and facilities needed for Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and their partners to work together on innovative research projects. The programme will facilitate the development of new interventions, devices and services using digital, genomic, bioengineering and medical technology and ultimately, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live in east London and beyond.

As part of this development, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS Property Services are bringing forward proposals to public consultation for the new site at Whitechapel Road.

The vision is to transform a series of out-dated buildings and empty sites around the Royal London Hospital to create a vibrant masterplan that provides space for a range of life science and complementary occupiers, as well as supporting uses including café and community uses.

The development has the potential to generate thousands of jobs in the area and includes plans to improve the streets and public spaces in the local vicinity. The pioneering project will also deliver benefits for the local community, researchers and entrepreneurs.

A public consultation has been launched to hear people’s views on the proposals. For more information and to complete an online survey please visit the website. Alternatively, public online webinars to discuss the plans are being held on Saturday 29 May at 10am and Tuesday 1 June at 6pm. You can register for these via the website.

Comments received during this public consultation will help the team working with DHSC and NHS Property Services to develop more detailed designs, which will be shared later this summer for further feedback, before a planning application is submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets later this year. They will also  help shape the development of the project more widely, including the development of the life sciences campus so that it meets the needs of people who live and work in Whitechapel, east London and beyond.

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