The Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI) is located at UCL Here East, the university’s new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.
The bespoke design of the BREI space is representative of the spirit of enquiry in which our courses and events will be conducted. Occupying the first floor at the front of UCL at Here East, BREI's windows look out onto a shared courtyard – itself a live example of the extended value of real estate.
Two tight-radius Harvard-style lecture theatres give teaching spaces that encourage discussion and debate between speaker and audience.
The interior design is unified by bespoke timber ‘utility walls’. These functional joinery elements provide additional workspaces, private study booths, storage, display areas and essential acoustic absorption. In addition, there are three seminar rooms, a large social learning space, a broad exterior balcony and a syndicate work area.
Here East is itself a demonstration of the new values that can be captured in real estate. UCL’s space is located within a repurposed building that was part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Designed by architects Hawkins\Brown, UCL’s 6,200 sqm campus at Here East brings BREI together with The Bartlett School of Architecture, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Computer Science, the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and the Institute for Sustainable Heritage. The campus sits side by side with BT Sport, innovation hub Plexal, the studio of choreographer Wayne McGregor, Loughborough University London, and a host of creative and digital start-ups.
A key driver of the design of UCL’s space at Here East was to create visual connections across the entire facility, with the aim of encouraging collaboration and innovation between the various departments. The design focuses on the quality and performance of acoustics, ventilation, lighting and thermal performance.
The facility supports a diverse number of activities, ranging from design studios to highly-controlled laboratories and workshop environments. At the heart of the project is the 330-seat auditorium, which acts as a centrepiece for social, collaborative and multidisciplinary learning.