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What is Here East?

Here East is London’s home for making, located at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It is a dedicated place for individuals and companies who embrace and pioneer technology, share expertise and are creating the products of tomorrow. It is a unique campus where creative businesses growing in scale join business of scale growing in creativity Here East provides over one million square feet of dedicated and versatile spaces for creative and digital companies. It combines unparalleled infrastructure with a unique environment to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Here East includes shared workspaces and public areas to foster a tight community, alongside a shared yard with space for discussion and events, a landscaped canal side and artisanal cafes, shops and restaurants.

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Where is Here East?

The unique campus is located at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The nearest station is Hackney Wick, which is part of the Transport for London network and is a 10 minute walk away. Stratford International connects to St Pancras in Central London within 6 minutes, or Paris and Brussels within 2 hours. Transport for London’s new high-speed line, Crossrail, will open at Stratford station in 2018.

London’s underground network provides access to Canary Wharf in 9 minutes, Bank in the City of London in 11 minutes, London City Airport in 12 minutes and Bond Street in 20 minutes.

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What is ‘London’s home for making’?

Here East is inspired by the inventiveness, curiosity and energy of the making movement. As innovative companies reimagine and redefine product development, established companies with successful products and services are seeking to understand how they can become entrepreneurial and creative, and rediscover the spirit of innovation.

London’s home for making describes the individuals and companies that will be based at Here East, alongside the fact that this is the first place of its kind. It is a dedicated location for those who embrace and pioneer cutting-edge technology. It is inspired by the maker movement, and provides a home for those that are creating the products of tomorrow, here in the heart of East London

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What is the Maker movement?

The Maker Movement is made up of people and small businesses that create self-made products. Using rapid advances in technology, it is the extension of the DIY ethos into the technology sphere. Modern technology has reduced the barriers to ideas becoming physical products, and has made it easier than ever for a single individual or small business to create and distribute unique items. Maker culture embraces new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively, and this culture is now permeating businesses both small and large. Powerful as it is, Maker culture is now permeating businesses, small and large. It is a natural companion to startup culture with its DIY bootstrapped "can do" ethos, but the inherent creativity and resourcefulness is becoming very attractive to established businesses, who are critically examining their own innovation and R&D programmes.

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Who will locate to Here East?

Here East is a place for startup, entrepreneurial businesses that are re-imagining innovation and redefining product development, to co-exist with established businesses looking to rediscover the spirit of collaboration, entrepreneurialism and support genuine product innovation. Here East is already40%pre-let. The secured anchor tenants are:

BT Sport has already moved into Here East, creating an 80,000 sq ft production hub containing three studios, 20 edit suites, three main interoperable galleries and four sports galleries, and an audience holding area for a 160 strong audience. BT Sport launched in August 2013, with three dedicated sports channels including live action from the Barclays Premier league.

Loughborough University will create a London site. Specialists in world-leading research and business-led education, and with a reputation of fusing technology and sport, this will be a multi-disciplinary postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise facility.

Hackney Community College will deliver its pioneering digital apprenticeship scheme within a new Tech City Apprenticeship Academy.

Infinity SDC will develop a data centreat Here East, one of the largest and most efficient in Europe, featuring 240,000 sq ft gross internal area, fed by multiple power grids and providing 42MVA of power with exceptional resilience. Infinity is ideal to support the changing demands of growing businesses.

Studio Wayne McGregor will open a new world-class arts space at Here East in 2016. This will be a home for internationally renowned choreographer McGregor, his company and collaborators, and a major resource for the arts and for the communities of east London.

The Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the Built Environment and UCL Engineering will be expanding into premises at Here East in early 2016. UCL will take possession of 3,000 square metres of 10 metres high studio space at Here East which will be used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL will also develop new education programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.

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How will Here East contribute to the local community?

Here East will provide thousands of employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities for the local community. Over 7,500 jobs will be created, including 5,300 directly on-site and a further 2,200 in the local community through the impact of using local supply chains. Here East’s tenants are committed to working with local organisations to provide routes into employment for local people and ensure local organisations are used in supply chains.

Education is at the heart of Here East with a Tech City Apprenticeship Academy developed by Hackney Community College, and a postgraduate campus with Loughborough University.

Here East will also make a significant contribution to stimulating long-term economic growth both nationally and in the local community. It will add £450m in GDP to the national economy, including a £340m contribution to the local economy.

The unique campus will be a new community destination for East London, featuring public spaces, a landscaped canal side and artisanal cafes, shops and restaurants.

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How many jobs will Here East create?

Here East will create at least 7,500 jobs. This will include 5,300 directly on-site and a further 2,200 in the local community through the impact of using local supply chains.

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Will there be public facilities at Here East?

Here East will be a new community destination for London, featuring public spaces, a landscaped canal side and artisanal cafes, shops and restaurants. A new yard will be created between the former Press and Broadcast Centres that will be an adaptable space for diverse activities such as film screenings, community and celebratory events.

Throughout Here East there will be multiple indoor and outdoor green spaces, including allotments, urban orchards and green roofs with insect hotels, providing facilities and spaces for workers and local residents to enjoy. These will be complemented by a range of retail outlets, focused heavily on local and artisan producers, supporting the creative community that will work and socialise at Here East.

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How will Here East support the creative and digital industries?

The creative and digital industries are the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. The digital share of Britain’s GDP is the biggest digital share of national GDP of the G20 countries, and it forecasted to increase by a third by 2016.

Here East offers the creative and digital industries additional capacity, competitive rents and state of the art infrastructure, alongside a unique environment to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. The infrastructure at Here East will provide unrivalled power and connectivity as a result of the vast telecoms infrastructure built into the buildings. This includes access to 42MVA of power, and fibre networks that have remained in place around the Olympic Park following the London 2012 Games. The unique location will provide almost unlimited bandwidth, allowing for virtually zero latency in the delivery and receipt of data. 75 per cent of the UK’s internet peering points, 15 of 18, are just two miles away in Docklands.

The data centre at the heart of Here East being delivered by Infinity SDC will support technology-led organisations looking to scale through their IT evolution with a flexible proposition that responds to their shifting data requirements.

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What is the timetable for the scheme?

Here East has appointed its preferred contractor and construction will begin in the summer of 2014. Loughborough University, Hackney College and Infinity SDC will all locate to Here East from 2015. The campus will be fully operational by 2018.

BT Sport is already broadcasting live directly from Here East with a state of the art 80,000 square foot production hub, underpinning the development and demonstrating the attractiveness of Here East to the technology, media and creative sector

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What is the relationship between iCITY and Here East?

Here East is London’s home for making, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It is a dedicated place for individuals and companies who embrace and pioneer technology, share expertise and are creating the products of tomorrow.

It is a unique campus where creative businesses growing in scale join businesses of scale growing in creativity. It is designed as a place for start-up, entrepreneurial businesses to co-exist and collaborate with global, established businesses and support genuine product innovation.

Here East provides over one million square feet of dedicated and versatile spaces for creative and digital companies. It combines unparalleled infrastructure with a unique environment to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Here East includes shared workspaces and public areas to foster a tight community, alongside a shared yard with space for discussion and events, a landscaped canal side and artisan cafes, shops and restaurants.

Here East is being developed by iCITY, a company owned by clients of Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company.

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