The Royal U + I

21.04.17

We were delighted to welcome their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to the Old Vinyl Factory today.

William, Kate and Harry were opening The Global Academy, which is a school funded by Global in partnership with the Heads Together charity. The academy will be a springboard for students hoping to work in the highly innovative broadcast and digital media industry.

The school offers state-of-the-art equipment with informal communal spaces to help drive new ideas. It sits next to our own Central Research Laboratory, which also helps young entrepreneurs develop their ideas and turn them into businesses. Together, both schemes underline our ambition to deliver places which nurture innovation and tackle societal issues at a local and wider level.

As patrons of Heads Together, our royal guests have already demonstrated their commitment to tackling the stigma of talking about mental health issues - something which has been very much in the news recently.

Remaining connected with one another, rather than suffering in isolation, is fundamental to improving mental health. The belief that everything is connected and building community spaces that allow people to connect with each other is something which sits at the heart of U+I's approach to regeneration. Sites such as the Old Vinyl Factory embody our core belief that it is possible to deliver spaces which blend together different uses - from office space to residential homes - coupled with fostering a greater sense of community spirit.

For more information, visit the Old Vinyl Factory website.