22 Dec 2016

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is to open a new campus for 700 students and staff at White City Place.

The world’s leading art and design postgraduate university, which counts David Hockney and Tracey Emin among its alumni, will move its schools of communications and humanities along with part of its architecture school into the Garden House building from autumn 2017.

The RCA becomes the latest high-profile institution to make the move to White City after online fashion empire Yoox Net-a-Porter confirmed plans for a new tech hub in the neighbouring MediaWorks building last autumn. Other tenants signed for White City Place include a branch of retailer Oliver Bonas and the healthy food restaurant Nurture.

Three-storey Garden House offers 40,000 sq ft of inspiring office space in a self-contained brick building with open floors overlooking semi-private gardens or a tree-lined avenue.

The college’s new campus will be in close proximity to Imperial College London’s new learning hub, which is set to put White City Place on the map for technological and scientific innovation.

Eiichiro Onozawa, Managing Director of Mitsui Fudosan UK, said: “Mitsui Fudosan is committed to the W12 area and to attracting tenants like the Royal College of Art to White City Place which, in addition to the redevelopment of the adjacent Television Centre site, forms the core of the White City regeneration.”