Simon Hesketh: The world of biotech comes to the Laundry Yard


The Old Laundry Yard – true to its name – lives on the site of a disused laundry building on the thriving local Shepherd’s Bush Market.

We opened the site back in April. It’s since blossomed into a thriving hub in West London, currently home to a raft of food and drink businesses – and at the same time, providing affordable workspace for local businesses and entrepreneurs.


We have been working closely with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the market traders at Shepherd’s Bush for the last 18 months to modernise this fine London Market whilst retaining its treasured history and sense of identity.

It’s pretty clear that a lot can be done with 72 shipping containers.

Now, we’ve joined forces with Open Cell, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and SynbiCITE to offer space for biotech start-ups in the shipping containers at the site.

The development is a first for the capital – and it has been no mean feat.

The initial phase has seen the launch of 20 affordable studios. We want it to be a place for local innovators and entrepreneurs to call home – and thanks to this new development, propel their ideas into prototypes faster than ever before. At the moment, budding young innovators in the bio-tech space have limited options for space to develop their ideas. Open Cell will provide just that - space to build, test and demonstrate biotech focused innovations.

The Old Laundry Yard has already become a vibrant new destination for the community – but now our collaboration with Open Cell brings some of the most exciting people in the biotech world to Shepherd’s Bush Market.

At U+I – no matter what project we work on – placemaking and culture is deeply embedded into the way we work. Ultimately, it’s about fostering the community and listening to the people and businesses who know the area best.

This project is just one example of how we create huge, long-lasting social and economic change for local communities across the capital – and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Old Laundry Yard.


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