Television Centre and White City Place developers Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and Aimco are showing their support for the fight against COVID-19 by rolling out a number of initiatives across its West London campus. From launching a new community channel for occupiers, tenants and residents, to ensuring its Labs can remain open for essential medical research and development, the partners are committed to helping and showing their appreciation during these unprecedented times.
West London Lights up Blue
Both the WestWorks building in White City Place and the iconic façade of Television Centre will be bathed in a bright blue light, from dusk until dawn to pay tribute to the NHS and emergency services. The buildings’ blue façades will stay lit for the foreseeable future and add vibrancy to the neighbourhood when local residents ‘Clap for our Carers’ from their doorsteps, balconies and windows.
Additional charitable initiatives include a donation of 1,000 Easter eggs to doctors, nurses and support staff, at local Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals, Hammersmith and Charing Cross. The development partners are working with teams on the ground and local authorities to ensure all the chocolate eggs are delivered in time for the Easter Public Holiday. A batch of 200 Easter eggs will also be gifted to pupils with severe learning difficulties from Jack Tizard School in Shepherd’s Bush.
New community platform – WCP Connect
New ‘community’ channel WCPConnect has launched to provide regular, programmed content for White City Place’s office, retail and restaurant occupiers and tenants during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown period. At a time when stability and routine are highly sought after, the aim of WCPConnect is to bring a consistent and familiar programme of events that the community usually would have access to on campus, virtually to their living rooms and home offices.
The free daily content created for WCPConnect, will be available to stream live or on catch-up via YouTube and will also be accessible to the wider public. A range of classes and workshops will be hosted by local teachers, residents, creatives and occupiers including morning meditation, lunchtime yoga; cookery tutorials; pub quiz-style fundraisers; live music; creative masterclasses and much more.
Essential Business Support
Global healthcare company, Novartis, based in The WestWorks building is contributing to efforts by making available compounds from its libraries that are suitable for antiviral testing. On a global scale the company has joined forces with R&D life sciences companies to aid and fund controlled clinical studies towards a cure for COVID-19. To date, it has donated 20,000 doses of medicine that will support approximately 2,000 patients in the study.
Additionally, technology pioneer Synthace, is offering its biology software for free, to teams that are working away in the Labs to overcome the pandemic.
Food bank donations are also being made from occupiers across the White City Place campus.
David Camp, Chief Executive, Stanhope says:
“We’re hugely proud of all the efforts our partners and community are making to help each other and most importantly those on the frontline of the pandemic. We appreciate this must be an unsettling time for all and the need for a sense of community to keep people connected and supported has become more important than ever. We hope that by lighting up our buildings blue and setting up a dedicated channel for our community we’re able to provide some light-relief during these unprecedented times. Together with our partners, we are continuing to explore more ways that we can help towards the fight.”