In order to make our growth sustainable and ensure we continue to provide a first-class learning experience, we are creating the educational environment conducive to real innovation and creativity.
When 22 Gordon Street (formerly Wates House) opened forty years ago, as the home of the faculty, it was designed to house 380 students and fewer than 90 staff. The Bartlett now has 12 departments with over 2,300 students and 400 staff spread across eight buildings.
In 2016, we completed a huge project to refurbish 22 Gordon Street, while in 2018, we expanded into a new 3,000 sqm, 10m-high space in the Here East development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Hackney Wick (near Stratford, East London). UCL at Here East accommodates new facilities – from robotics to environmental testing – allowing full-scale installations and performance, in collaboration with UCL Engineering.
In 2019, construction of UCL East commenced, providing 50,000 sqm of space – equivalent to around 7 Wembley football pitches – across academic and research space, student accommodation, and retail, community and engagement uses. Building from our existing state-of-the-art facilities in Bloomsbury and at Here East, the collaborative and co-located labs at UCL East will address complex global built environment challenges that require cross-sector approaches developed through local and international partnerships.
Read more about these three spaces below.
22 Gordon Street (formerly Wates House)
Wates House was home to The Bartlett School of Architecture and The Bartlett School of Planning from 1975. Since then, the faculty has grown considerably, with the School of Architecture now housing over 930 staff and students.
UCL Estates and The Bartlett undertook a complete retro-fit and extension of 22 Gordon Street to ensure that we continue to provide excellence in teaching and research. Hawkins\Brown were appointed as architects for the project, as well as contractors Gilbert Ash, and worked in close consultation with the Faculty. The building now houses the School of Architecture and the Faculty Office, while the School of Planning is housed in Central House nearby.
The refurbished building features:
- Additional floors
- An expansion to the south side of the building
- Brand new studios
- New social and cafe areas
- A contemporary, dedicated exhibition space
- Expanded workshops
The Bartlett and UCL Engineering expanded into premises at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in early 2018.
UCL took possession of 3,000 square metres of 10-metre-high studio space at Here East, which is being used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL has also developed new degree programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.
The scale and novelty of the scheme enables UCL to pursue new and exciting projects to strengthen interdisciplinary research and teaching. The move also signals UCL’s commitment to engaging with the local community and the London Legacy Development Corporation in advance of the opening of the new campus, UCL East, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022.
The deal cements Here East as a destination for creativity and invention, bringing together education, business, technology, media and data to collaborate in its pursuit of innovation. Here East occupies the former press and broadcast centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and provides over one million square feet of versatile spaces.
UCL’s space was designed by leading architects Hawkins\Brown, who are also responsible for the overall Here East design.
Professor Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett, UCL, said: “By bringing creative design under the same roof as advanced technological research, with the space to learn about collaborative creativity from the performing arts, we aim to build the cadre of tech-savvy creative designers and engineers needed to drive a UK manufacturing renaissance.”
Professor, Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering, said: “As a first step in developing its exciting and important presence on the QEOP, UCL will be bringing fabrication, prototyping, manufacturing and robotics to Here East. Our activity, which will span research and teaching, also brings together work on engineering and the built environment in a new combination that will cross disciplinary barriers and generate new ideas and technologies."
At UCL East, The Bartlett will catalyse innovation through research, education, enterprise and public engagement bridging architecture, design, economics, engineering, project management, and urbanism.
In line with The Bartlett’s history and ethos, our UCL East undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and executive courses will be practice- and design-led, featuring living labs, live projects, community co-design, and citizen science.
These cover emerging areas of transdisciplinary inquiry: the past, present and future of London, its region and connections; engineering, architectural and bio-integrated design; the social and cultural life of cities and urbanisation; sustainable development and infrastructure; heritage; cinematic and videogame architectures; connected environments and the Internet of Things; public value and global prosperity.
Four labs across the buildings will be attached to it:
1. Urban Room and Memory Workshop
2. Global Urban Co-Lab
3. Connected Environments Lab
4. Design, Society and Space Co-LabProfessor Ben Campkin, UCL East Academic Lead said: "At UCL East, The Bartlett and UCL’s cross-faculty Urban Laboratory are working with partners within and beyond the university to develop new activities from UCL’s existing depth of expertise, promoting the radically transdisciplinary approaches that are necessary to improve the built environments of the future. Whether through experimental conjunctions between architecture and engineering, or through transdisciplinary, people-centred urbanism, we will prioritise collaborative and imaginative modes of working on the most pressing local and global challenges.”
More Bartlett spaces
Our other departments are located in the Bloomsbury district of central London:
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
- The Bartlett Library
- School of Planning
- School of Environment, Energy and Resources:
- Energy Institute
- Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
- Institute for Sustainable Heritage
- Institute for Sustainable Resources