UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


UCL East campus on track to deliver Olympic legacy

24 June 2021

UCL’s visionary campus in East London is one step closer to completion after its new buildings reached their full height, or ‘topped out’, at a ceremony led by UCL President and Provost Dr Michael Spence.

Group photo of Prof Anthony Smith (Vice-Provost, Education & Student Affairs), Fiona Ryland (UCL COO), Prof Paola Lettieri (Academic Director, UCL East Campus), Dr Michael Spence (President & Provost) and Kevin Argent (Director UCL Estates Development)
Dr Spence said the two UCL East structures, called Marshgate and Pool Street West, will be home to world-leading research from UCL that will ‘inspire a generation’.

Situated in East Bank on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the buildings have been designed for teaching, research, retail and community engagement, as well as student living.

The new campus will be a hub of creativity and collaboration between engineering, architecture, arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences and population health studies.

It will also be a world-class, climate resilient and low environmental impact development that promotes clean energy and enables low running costs and energy consumption. It will help reduce carbon emissions and contribute to and promote positive environmental outcomes throughout its design, construction and operation.

Prof Paola Lettieri, Director of UCL East, said: “Being here today to celebrate the topping out of our first two buildings is testament to the passion, dedication and commitment of all the teams involved, for two incredibly innovative buildings that will redefine what a university campus can be.
“Both Marshgate and Pool Street West will be home to ground-breaking research while being open and accessible to the outside world, playing an important role in this vibrant part of East London.
“Through the East Bank and our partnership with world-renowned organisations - UAL’s London College of Fashion, the V&A, Sadler’s Wells and the BBC – we will be offering our students, staff and local community a unique experience centred on collaboration and knowledge-sharing across disciplines, people, organisations and sectors.”

Read the full story on the UCL East website.

Image Credit: John Cobb