UCL East


East Bank

UCL East is a founding partner of East Bank, the new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Over the coming years, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome new sites for Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music and the V&A (in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution), as well as UCL and University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. The project will be known as East Bank, a brand new destination for London with world-class culture and education at its heart.

The ambition of the project is recognised in the new name - the East Bank - which will complement London's major cultural and education centres, such as the South Bank, the cluster of museums and academic institutions in South Kensington and the Knowledge Quarter around King's Cross and Bloomsbury.

  • East Bank will bring an additional 1.5 million visitors to the Park and surrounding area each year
  • More than 2,500 jobs will be created in East Bank, and an estimated £1.5 billion generated for the local economy
  • Sadler's Wells East will open a 550-seat theatre and establish a new centre for choreographic practice and a hip hop academy, both of which will be the first of their kind in the country
  • UAL's London College of Fashion will integrate its six sites onto one campus, accommodating 6,500 students with their world-leading research community, business incubation and social enterprise centres
  • V&A East will display its world-famous collections at two sites with a new museum at Stratford Waterfront and the V&A Collection and Research at Here East
  • The Smithsonian Institution will co-curate a gallery within the V&A East - its first foray outside of the USA
  • The state of the art BBC music studios will provide a hub from which to celebrate music of all genres
  • UCL will create a new campus, UCL East, providing ground-breaking research, teaching and innovation, for around 4,000 students