SHIFT will become the UK’s first living urban testbed of its kind, uniting innovators from community, business and academia. We bring together world-class partners, all focused on tackling everyday problems facing cities and their citizens today. Like the urgent changes needed to cope with the climate emergency; addressing health and wellbeing challenges in cities; looking at how people and goods will move around urban environments in the future. Located in the growing and diverse heart of east London, SHIFT will explore, test and improve these kinds of everyday issues.
Founding partners include:
UAL's London College of Fashion
Founded in 1906, London College of Fashion is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. Part of the University of the Arts London, it has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. It encourages students to examine the past and challenge the present, to form their own ideas. It gives them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice.
International Quarter London (a joint venture development between Lendlease and LCR) is the capital’s new home for progressive business. With an abundance of green space and fresh air, access to some of the world’s most forward-thinking cultural institutions and a workplace design that has employee wellbeing at its heart, IQL gives people a place to move, breathe and think.
University College London
UCL is recognised as one of the world’s top 10 universities and first in the UK for the strength of its research. Now, in the single biggest development since the university was founded nearly 200 years ago, UCL will create their new UCL East campus. Home to the new and pioneering, around 4,000 students and 260 academic staff will immerse themselves in issues of manufacturing, making, transport, artificial intelligence, sustainability, urbanisation, social inclusivity, and more.
Loughborough University London
Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.
Here East was designed from the outset to operate as a catalyst for change and a pillar of the post-Olympic East London community. A dedicated campus, for innovators, disruptors, visionaries and locals to push their professional and personal boundaries; to surround themselves with some of the world’s most inspiring artists and performers; to build on the Olympics’ architectural and cultural legacy.
Plexal is Here East’s innovation centre and co-working space. Collaboration is at the heart of its approach. Plexal’s innovation team delivers programmes for clients like Innovate UK and Transport for London, and specialises in connecting industry, academia, investors, startups and scaleups to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society.
London Legacy Development Corporation
The London Legacy Development Corporation is the Mayor of London’s development corporation for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. Working with the LLDC and with support for central government, the Mayor is working with local authorities, cultural businesses and venues, artists, creative entrepreneurs and civil society to make sure the full potential is realised for London and for Londoners.