UCL East - the story so far
UCL East is the biggest expansion of UCL since its opening in 1826. The campus will provide up to 125,000m2 of space (gross internal area), with Phase 1 representing around 50,000m2, catering for approximately 3,000 students and more than 600 staff at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
In July 2016, Professor Paola Lettieri, Vice-Dean (Strategic Projects) of UCL Engineering Sciences, was appointed Academic Director of UCL East, with Professor Andy Hudson-Smith, Director of the UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), as Deputy Academic Director. Together they are reviewing the academic content for the planned undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The new UCL East campus will neighbour the Stratford Waterfront, which comprises the London College of Fashion (UAL), Sadler’s Wells and the V&A. Together, they form the Cultural and Education District.
The CED will fulfil the Olympic Games 2012 legacy of regenerating the area by providing new opportunities for innovation, businesses, apprenticeships and cultural events.
LDA Design has been developing the masterplan, which aims to create a strong identity for UCL East at the Olympic Park while linking it to the wider park, other institutions and the surrounding communities.
Several rounds of public consultations, involving stakeholders and local communities, informed the evolution of the masterplan. The process had four stages:
1) The first stage aimed at raising awareness of the project with UCL staff, students, local stakeholders and local community across four boroughs, including key groups such as youth. The consultation was focused on gaining an understanding of both UCL and local issues and aspirations for UCL East. UCL organised the Spark festival in 2015 at QEOP to introduce the masterplan principles and collect considerations for feedback.
To read about the first round of consultation events in 2015, please download the Stage 1 Consultation report.
2) Stage two continued to raise project awareness, with pop-up road show exhibitions in various locations across five neighbourhoods (Stratford, Bow, Leyton, Fish Island and Hackney Wick) and at UCL Bloomsbury. The aim was to inform and involve a representative cross-section of the local community and future users of the site.
To learn more about this stage, download Stage 2 Consultation report
3) The final draft masterplan was presented at a two-week public exhibition, tracking how the plans have responded to previous consultation stages. The results of this third stage provided recommendations and form the basis of the next stage of detailed design. The Stage 3 report is available to download Stage 3 Consultation report.
4) The final round of consultations was held at the Podium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Centre on 11 and 12 November.
Overall, the results of the public consultations were positive with 4100 people consulted, many stakeholders and local people expressing their excitement about the new campus.
In December 2016, the outline planning application for UCL East will be submitted, with the submission of detailed applications for Phase 1 being anticipated in autumn 2017.
To learn more about the general comments and suggestions raised during this phase, please download a summary of the findings.
What happens next?
The last round of consultations informed about the final Masterplans for UCL East and the Stratford Waterfront before the submission of the planning application in December 2016.
You can review the boards displayed at the latest events below:
If you have any questions or would like to join the mailing list for future updates, please contact the UCL East consultation team at Soundings on:
Phone: 020 7729 1705
You can also visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website