The first four student accommodation blocks will be finished in August, but Imperial has high hopes for the rest of the land. Its website describes
a genuine mixed use development which, in conjunction with the land south of the Westway, will provide a balanced development creating jobs, homes and leisure opportunities
The planning application definitely lives up to those ambitions. As well as postgrad facilities and a new building for health and biomedical research, there will be space for technology start-ups under the Imperial Innovations banner, around 220 new homes in a 34 storey tower block, a four star hotel, shops, healthcare services and a nursery, and a new public space roughly the size of Soho Square.
Imperial hopes 2,500 jobs will be created by the construction and operation of the site.