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Marshgate I

The building currently known as Marshgate I also makes up part of Phase 1 of UCL East. It will feature predominantly academic uses, but will also include retail, community and engagement uses. At the heart of the building is a central atrium that is openly accessible to encourage inclusivity and community engagement with the use of ‘Fluid Zones’ at ground and first floor level to draw people into the building. Floor space above these levels has been designed to encourage collaboration and engagement between academic uses through largely open plan and circulatory spaces.

Marshgate I will comprise 31,340m2 of space across a part basement, ground and seven upper floors. Circulation around the building will be via escalators, lifts and fixed staircases.

Academic vision for Marshgate I

The academic vision for Marshgate is still in development. Much bigger than Pool Street West, Marshgate will serve as the centre for the UCL East academic vision – bringing together Experiment, Arts, Society & Technology (EAST), as well as all of the core themes: making, originating, connecting and living. Academic activities to be accommodated in Marshgate include:

  • The Culture Lab, which will offer teaching, research and engagement spaces, underpinned by new educational programmes in making, media, conservation & heritage, and public history. Activities and facilities at Marshgate will include a media lab, an object-based learning laboratory, and a suite of conservation facilities
  • The Experimental Engineering Labs will comprise new academic activities in unique, innovative and multidisciplinary fields of study, including advanced propulsion, future manufacture, and applied imaging. It will support new and existing engineering programmes, and research new ways to educate and train engineers of the future
  • The Institute of Making Big, a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities
  • The Global Future Cities Co-Labs, which will be organised around a series of shared spaces, specialising in providing opportunities for in-person and virtual collaboration and application of knowledge towards the improvement of human settlements worldwide, and the strategic use of ICT in sustainable, prosperous urban futures
  • The Academy of Innovative Applied Finance, which will provide leadership and training for future financial and business leaders, enabling close collaboration between research, financial innovation, industry, and government. The entrepreneur will find opportunities to use financially innovative solutions; the applied researcher will effectively gauge the practical potential of research ideas; the financial specialist will harness the power of finance to achieve sustainable outcomes and desirable social impacts.