The Bartlett


Open House London: free workshops and tours of UCL at Here East

22 September 2018, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Exterior view of entrance to UCL at Here East

We're sorry, but the guided tours are now all fully booked. However, places are still available for the Structural Workshop, 10am-4pm, as well as the British Sign Language Architectural Tour at 2pm (no need to book). Please see details below.

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The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment


UCL at Here East
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E20 3BS
United Kingdom

As part of the annual Open House London weekend in September, The Bartlett and The Faculty of Engineering Sciences will be welcoming visitors to their ground-breaking new facilities in East London on a series of free bookable tours and workshops. 

Since 1922, Open House London hosts an annual two-day event across London every September. The Open House Weekend event encourages the public to explore exclusive buildings that have an architectural importance, normally closed off the general public.

UCL at Here East is the university's new research, testing and teaching facilties in East London. The building recently won the prestigious AJ100 Building of the Year award. You can find out more about its facilities and the UCL programmes taught there on the UCL at Here East website.

Join our guided tours and interactive workshops on Saturday 22nd September at our Here East campus from 10am to 4pm. See details below. 

Guided Tours

Architectural Tours

Architectural tours will be led by The Hawkins\Brown team, who were responsible for converting the former Olympic Broadcast Centre for UCL Estates and Here East. Tours will begin on the hour from 11am till 3pm. Book your spot in advance to hear about the thinking that influenced the design of the UCL at Here East campus.

  • Max 20 per group
  • Pre-booking required

British Sign Language Architectural Tour

An alternative tour for those of hard hearing is availble at 2pm, led by Martin Glover. Drop-ins are welcome on the BSL tour only. Please note: there is no voice interpretation on this tour.

  • Max 20 per group
  • Drop-in

Interactive Workshops 

Expand your interests in construction, design, virtual reality technology, creation and collaboration, with our day workshops. Great for ages 16 to 24, we are offering a Virtual Reality and a Structures workshop, both starting at 10 am and ending at 4pm. The workshops will be led by UCL academics who have experience using the exclusive technologies and facilities available only at our Here East campus. We ask participants to commit to stay for the duration of the workshop.

Virtual Reality Workshop

Participants will learn to create a new virtual world using open source software. Master how to digitally scan real world objects and sculptures, then digitally manipulate them to form new surroundings. Come to revolutionalise your experience of sight and texture!

Structure Workshop

Participants will build a series of structures using inflatable material and Styrofoam. Grasp how to build suitable structures that enable you to create a new world to be digitally inhabited. Come and develop your building skills and feel your thinking expand to new horizons!

  • Max 20 per group
  • Pre-booking required

Book now

To pre-book your place and confirm your attendance for the guided tours or interactive workshops, please email your full name and the session you wish to attend to bartlett.comms@ucl.ac.uk (with subject line 'Open House London booking for UCL at Here East')

More infortmation about Open House London

Open House London's annual architectural event has been allowing people to explore a huge variety of buildings throughout the capital for 26 years.

Please note that this year we will not be opening the Bartlett School of Architecture's main building at 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury for Open House London. However, the building is often open for public events and exhibtions: visit the Events page of the School's website for details.