7 months ago Year in Review 2018

From the V&A announcement for a new state-of-the-art research and collection centre to the UK launch of Bird electric scooters, we look back on what happened in 2018 at Here East

It has been another phenomenal year at Here East. There has been many great moments, from winning the regional and national British Council of Offices Award for best Recycled/Refurbished workplace to unveiling the V&A’s plans to open a new research and collection centre at Here East.

Here East, the UK’s first supercampus, is now home to a diverse community of tenants, spanning start-ups, global corporates, creative businesses and academic institutions. Designed to be a sandbox for innovation, it is a place where entrepreneurial start-ups to co-exist and collaborate with global established businesses and universities, in pursuit of innovation. Our campus is fast becoming a cultural hub and a leader in the creative industries, with the announcement of the arrival of the V&A Collection and Research Centre and the opening of the new state-of-the-art studios for creatives opened with The Trampery.

Our campus has proudly hosted an incredible array events this year such as Open Doors: Vote 100, Monster Confidence, New Realities: When Tech and Creativity Collide and World Cup screenings over the summer, to name but a few.

Here are a few highlights from 2018:



Here East welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer, Mike Magan, who will play a major role in the future development of our technology-focused campus. Mike will oversee daily operations of our 1.2m sq ft campus and community of 3,500 entrepreneurs, academics and creatives.

Neopost joined our community of tech-enabled fast-growth businesses to realise an ambitious vision of digital innovation. A great example of a traditional business turning to our thriving campus to access a network of technology-driven innovators to diversify their offering and continue to evolve their digital capabilities.

Scope relocated their headquarters to Here East having set out ambitious future plans for the organisation. The disability charity puts digital innovation at the heart of its work, designing and supporting the products of the future.

Technology fitness company, FiiT TV are set to open a new state-of -the-art production studio at Here East to accommodate the rapid growth of its team. FiiT began their journey as a start-up in Plexal and are now ready for a larger and more permanent home within the wider Here East campus.

Here East revealed the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new plans to open a research and collection centre inside the Broadcasting Centre. The museum has unveiled plans that will revolutionise how its world-leading collection of art, design and performance are accessed, explored and experienced.

As part of Engineer Here, Here East hosted a range of events to celebrate the world of engineering. The programme of activities showcased the innovation taking place at Here East and included a whole range of family-friendly and educational activities. Such as UK Robotics Week and Open House.

Bird, the electric scooter sharing app launched a pilot at Here East to ride across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the first in the UK. Bird brings an affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solution to the area.

Plexal innovation centre has also enjoyed an incredible year. From launching the Social Inclusion Unit (SIU) alongside political engagement charity My Life My Say and the Mayor of London to opening a new centre dedicated to cyber innovation, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA).

The Trampery on the Gantry officially finished construction and is now home to a budding community of creative businesses and entrepreneurs. From alcohol-free beers to music production, the businesses on the Gantry are a fast-growing creative network managed by co-working specialists The Trampery.

Here East has some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2019. Stay tuned for more information on the Hack for Hackney Youth Employment Hackathon delivered in partnership with the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs and Barclays and supported by Here East and Plexal, and more world-class innovative businesses joining the campus.

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