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Overview of Phase 1

Summary

UCL East Phase 1 will be focused around the Waterworks River, and will deliver the two buildings currently known as Pool Street West and Marshgate I.

The high profile location of Phase 1 in the Olympic Park and the Cultural and Education District will help establish a strong presence for UCL and a clear identity for UCL East from day one. The existing 2012 Gardens and the Waterworks River provide a beautiful setting, and the location takes advantage of the highest footfall routes in this part of the Olympic Park. The location of Phase 1 has also been carefully decided to ensure that future development and construction will not impede university life nor the use of the buildings.

Phase 1 objectives

As part of Phase 1, the UCL East programme will seek to:

  • Create a distinct and confident campus, providing an appropriate identity for UCL on the Park
  • Provide an outstanding environment for learning and scholarship for students, staff, collaborators and the public
  • Build on and develop the idea of the “Fluid Zone” on lower levels, encouraging the public to access the building through active frontages, a range of activities and events
  • Encourage chance interactions of people working in the building to increase social and academic exchange
  • Encourage approaches from all directions around the site to connect the building to the Park and provide navigation
  • Provide new high quality residences for students
  • Accommodate facilities expected to operate on a 24/7 basis
  • Provide interactive public engagement and exhibition spaces
  • Achieve long term adaptability, while accommodating the requirements of the first generation of users
  • Provide high standard sustainable design throughout the development — in social, economic and environmental aspects.