UCL at Here East


About us

UCL’s new 6,000 sqm technology and creative campus in East London is a place where architects, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, anthropologists and many others are working side-by-side, interacting with nearby entrepreneurs, performers and researchers.

A view of the exterior of Here East from the shared yard

A joint venture between UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL at Here East houses a unique fabrication, robotics, and prototyping facility alongside world-class programmes, short courses, and research.

The site allows the university to explore new areas of academic study, including a new undergraduate degree in Engineering and Architectural Design. It provides a catalyst for new conversations and new ways of thinking – a place where different communities can educate and inspire each other.

Who we are

UCL departments

The site at Here East is shared by the following academic groups at UCL:

UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings

Here East at UCL is the new home of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, an organisation established to break down barriers between research, teaching and engagement with industry.

This independent, not-for-profit, public-good organisation is run by University College London, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Heriot Watt University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The Global Disability Innovation Hub

The Global Disability Innovation Hub is a collaborative organisation born out of the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It works with local communities, academics, experts and disabled people to drive innovation, co-design and creative thinking.

The hub aims change the way we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UCL, UAL: London College of Fashion, Loughborough University London, Leonard Cheshire Disability, V&A, Sadler’s Wells and The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

Here East – London's home for making

UCL at Here East is part of the wider Here East project, based near Stratford in the heart of East London. This huge development is home to both big names and start-ups in the fields of tech, media, education and data.

What is Here East?

The project

Here East was formed to regenerate the 2012 Olympic Broadcast Centre by providing over a million square feet of versatile spaces for creative and digital companies. It includes shared workspaces and public areas to foster a tight community, alongside a landscaped canalside and artisan cafés, shops and restaurants. 

The site is currently home to a range of organisations including Studio Wayne McGreggor, Loughborough University London, Ford's Smart Mobility Hub, BT Sport, 3D printing and VR studio Hobs and technology and innovation centre Plexal.

Image: © Hawkins\Brown

Here East amenities and the local area

Facilities at Here East

There include: high-speed internet, printing, cashpoint, Bringme delivery boxes, free daily fitness classes, changing rooms and showers, and reception concierge services (including dry-cleaning), among others.

Eating and drinking: a range of restaurants, bars and cafés are located nearby, including on Canalside – and there are street food stalls every Friday in the Yard.

Nurseries and childcare information from Hackney Learning Trust

Other local amenities 

Students and staff can tap into all the local culture and creativity that East London offers, and benefit from the immediate surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Canary Wharf financial district, London City Airport and the retail and transport hub at Stratford are all close by.

UCL East

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will also be home to UCL East, the University's new East London campus. Due to open in 2021 about a mile from Here East, it's the largest single expansion of UCL since the University was founded. 

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