EdCity is a ground-breaking non-profit project to create an innovative education hub in White City – bringing social and educational benefits to the local community.
EdCity will be a new education and social hub in the White City Opportunity Area, a zone highlighted by the local council and Mayor of London as a priority for development and regeneration. The aim of the Opportunity Area is to create “new areas of open space, improved facilities for local people, better pedestrian and cycling connections in light of the area’s physical barriers, and create a mixed and balanced community.”
EdCity will provide social and educational benefits to the local community in White City, while also giving a shared space to social enterprises, meaning they are be able to collaborate, share resources and ultimately increase their impact. These social enterprises will work together on education projects that will make a visible and lasting impact on the country’s education sector and the lives of young people.
New facilities for the on-site nursery, school and adult education centre
The nursery and primary school facilities will be rebuilt as part of the development.
The Harmony Nursery will be bright and spacious and the capacity will nearly double, providing much needed early years education.
Ark Swift Primary Academy will benefit from modern teaching environments, new outdoor learning spaces, improved IT, and sports and performing arts facilities.
The current Adult Community Education Centre will be completely transformed and offer an extended service to adults taking their first steps back into education, training and/or employment. The centre will provide training and offers life-long learning opportunities for local residents, with the main aim of supporting people back into employment.
An improved public space, with much needed housing
There will be a new public square and a pedestrian and cycle route, linking the existing residential areas in the west to the redeveloped White City business district and transport hub in the east. This will dramatically improve transport and accessibility for the community, halving the time it currently takes to walk from the White City Estate to the nearest underground station.
EdCity will also include much needed housing – 50% of the units will be affordable, with 38 being for key workers from the local area.
A new youth centre for the community
A major element of the development is the Youth Zone, operated by the charity Onside Youth Zone. The Youth Zone will provide affordable activities to young people who will gain new skills, meet new people and spend their time in a productive, safe space.
The Youth Zone will employ 50 full and part-time staff and recruit many community volunteers. It will also open its facilities to Ark Swift pupils during school time, meaning the school benefits from high quality sports facilities while the Youth Zone has a space which is utilised to the maximum.
A shared space for charities
The office building will bring together mission-aligned organisations to create a hub of social enterprises who, individually and collectively, are aiming to transform outcomes for children in challenging circumstances in the UK and beyond.
The tenants will be encouraged to work across the local community and ensure that their work is relevant to those who are living beside them.
The office building will also contain and bespoke training and conference facilities used by tenants and other mission-aligned organisations. These will be used to deliver training programmes focused on supporting teachers and other professionals working in some of the most disadvantaged schools and areas in the country.