UCL East




UCL East buildings by 2021

Pool Street West

The building currently known as Pool Street West makes up part of Phase 1 of UCL East. It will feature a range of uses, including student accommodation, academic, retail, community and engagement uses. The design of Pool Street West will encourage innovative academic programming, as well as a range of events and activities. Performances, exhibitions, workshops and lectures will contribute to a lively and creative learning atmosphere. The lower levels of the building will also feature a range of retail and food and drink units to cater to both the public and UCL students and staff.

Academic vision for Pool Street West: Future Living Institute

The academic vision for UCL East is deliberately innovative and ambitious. As part of this, Pool Street West will house the Future Living Institute, a new multi-disciplinary home of discovery, bringing together researchers from at least five faculties. Looking at the past, present and future of living, both locally and internationally, it will explore global challenges such as planetary sustainability, understanding nature, environment and urbanisation, global communications, and social inclusivity. It will comprise:

  •  A centre for Robotics & Autonomous Systems, part of a wider set of Experimental Engineering Labs covering a wide range of unique and innovative fields of study. The Centre will develop new robots looking at how they can be designed for their environments – in buildings, in the air, and in water – as well as how future urban environments might be designed for robots
  • The Global Disability Innovation Hub, London’s new global research centre which will bring together the top minds in disability, design and innovation. Through collaboration and partnership, academics, innovators, corporates and the local community will explore disability from a new perspective to improve the lives of disabled people worldwide 
  • The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new programmes in making, media, conservation and heritage, and public history. Facilities at Pool Street West will include a new foundation studio for the Slade School, and a London Memory Archive supporting the study of UCL’s East London collections as well as oral histories of the area
  • Nature-Smart Cities Labs, which will be a research and teaching centre, using the Park as a ‘living lab’ to focus on three key themes: enhancing biodiversity of cities; understanding urban ecosystem services and wellbeing benefits; and engaging urban populations with their natural environment
  • The Urban Room, as part of the Global Future Cities Co-Labs, which will be a major public and community space, hosted by urban academics from across UCL, for debating the past, present and future of London. The Co-Labs will provide opportunities for the application of knowledge towards the improvement of human settlements worldwide.