Our proposals

Proposals to redevelop Ark Swift Primary Academy, Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery, the Adult Community Learning Centre and surrounding land in White City

Artist impression of EdCity proposal

Several partner organisations, including Ark Swift, Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, are working together to bring forward plans for an innovative education hub called EdCity.

This ground-breaking project will create a place where organisations with a shared mission will collaborate to improve education standards in the local community, London and beyond.

Updated plans:

We held a public exhibition on Friday 24 November 2017 at Ark Swift Primary Academy and on Saturday 25 November 2017 at the White City Community Centre.

Please click here to download the draft plans that were on display.

All feedback was reviewed by the project team and the plans have now been submitted as a planning application to Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

In November 2016, we held a public consultation on the initial draft plans for EdCity. Please click here to download the draft plans that were on display. Since then, the proposals have evolved, although the basic principles remain the same. The council has joined as a partner, and additional private and affordable housing has been added to ensure the project is deliverable.

If the planning application is approved, EdCity will offer the White City community:

  • A brand new, state-of-the-art, two-form entry Ark Swift Primary Academy, alongside improved play facilities
  • Expanded facilities for the Ofsted-outstanding Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery, increasing its capacity from 46 places to 75, and building new play space
  • Activities for local young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 with additional needs, in a new OnSide Youth Zone, open seven days a week. Alongside the vast array of engaging activities (including climbing, dance, drama and art, as well as a wide range of sports and music), the Youth Zone team will work in partnership with local organisations to support young people to broaden their horizons through employability and mentoring workshops
  • A council-operated, expanded adult education and community learning centre
  • 132 new homes, 50 per cent of which would be affordable homes to help meet local need, with the other half available for private rent
  • Around 12,000 sq m of new office space for Ark and other tenants
  • A new pedestrian route connecting the White City estate and Dorando Close
  • A new, high-quality public square