UCL East


Common Grounds: Skateboarding, Learning, and The Built Environment

17 May 2024, 9:30 am–7:00 pm

A wide shot from a distance of groups of people on a skate park, with in the distance a glimpse of the UCL East campus and ArcellorMittal Orbit sculpture on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

This one-day conference will explore how creative and participatory approaches to community engagement can influence the design and use of public spaces, and how skate communities then form around them.

This event is free.

Event Information

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City Mill Skate


UCL East One Pool Street
1 Pool Street
E20 2AF
United Kingdom

This is a free event that will open the City Mill Skateboarding Festival.

The conference will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, a film screening and a tour of City Mill Pool Street skate park. 

This is the plan for the day in terms of timings:

09.30 Coffee
10-10.30 Welcome and keynote
10.30-12 Panel 1
12-13 Lunch/Skate
13.30-15.00 Panel 2
15.30-17.00 Panel 3 + screening
17.30 - 19.00 Drinks and pizza at City Mill Pool Street skate space

Our City Mill Pool Street skate park is a temporary community facility created by UCL and partners on undeveloped land on our new UCL East campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at East Bank, the UK’s newest cultural quarter.

The skate park was borne out of UCL's City Mill Skate research project and designed by and with the local skateboard community. The temporary facility opened in the summer of 2022 and has hosted a series of events and learning opportunities for skaters of all abilities and ages and their families.