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New ‘fabric weave’ design for the exterior of UAL’s London College of Fashion building inspires creativity inside

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Published date 27 July 2016
UAL London College of Fashion (2nd from left). Images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

UAL’s London College of Fashion (2nd from left). Images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

New images have been revealed of the ‘fabric weave’ design for UAL’s London College of Fashion building, reflecting its rich history and strong links with the fashion industry.

The building will be in the new Cultural and Education District at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site at Stratford Waterfront, alongside a brand new 18,000m2 museum for the V&A and a 550-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells, as well as a residential development. The new building will be open ready for the new academic year in September 2021.

A ‘street view’ of the new design. Images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

Inspired by the weave and texture of fabric, architects Allies and Morrison designed the building façade to embody the essence of cutting edge fashion design synonymous with the work of staff and students at London College of Fashion, UAL. The bold and memorable design makes the most of natural light and ventilation to suit the design studios and workshops and seeks to inspire the creative talent of tomorrow.


The new building will make the most of natural light and ventilation. Images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice Chancellor, commented: “The exciting new ‘weave’ design of the building façade picks up on the fabrics used in textiles and fashion which are the essence of UAL’s London College of Fashion. The new building will create an inspiring and unified space for UAL students to study and become the next generation of top creatives.”

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-­Vice Chancellor at UAL, commented: “What we do at London College of Fashion, UAL is much more than designing clothes. Our work is based on over a century of development and we drive change across an ever evolving global industry. By bringing together our varied disciplines and facilities this new site, quite literally, gives us space to explore the possibilities of what fashion will become over the next hundred years. What we feel is evolving in the design of this building is a workshop for the 21st century.”


The building will be alongside a brand new museum for the V&A and a new theatre for Sadler’s Wells. Images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects.

This is the second of UAL’s proposed new College buildings which reflects the creativity going on inside through the design of the exterior. Forming part of UAL’s considerable investment in regeneration priority areas of London, its London College of Communication building at Elephant and Castle – also designed by Allies and Morrison –  is based on the ‘type-setting’ of graphic design and printing.

Also part of the University’s development plans is the £62million regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, which includes a new academic extension and new student accommodation.