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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 an 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.