New images: UAL’s London College of Fashion at the heart of Olympicopolis
Images have been unveiled which show the new home of UAL’s London College of Fashion alongside the V&A and Sadler’s Wells in Stratford, Olympicopolis, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The images show the new campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion and residential development situated at Stratford Waterfront site, part of the exciting new education and cultural district next to the London Aquatics Centre.
It will be joined by other leading UK arts institutions which include a new V&A for east London and a 600-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells.
Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor, said:
“We are excited to get a first glimpse of how Olympicopolis will look as it develops over the next five years into a world-class hub for the creative arts. We are proud that a new campus for London College of Fashion will be at the heart of the development, building on the College’s East End heritage, creating an East London fashion cluster through education, research, enterprise and its Better Lives programme.
“The new campus is part of UAL’s wider commitment to invest in its buildings, including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle and the completion of our Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.”
Visual arts leading Olympicopolis design and economic legacy
Olympicopolis is the next stage in the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will create around 3,000 jobs, attract 1.5 million visitors a year and deliver a £2.8bn boost to the economy of Stratford and the surrounding communities.
David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said:
“Our plans to create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward in leaps and bounds. These exciting new images really start to give life to the project.”
The Victoria and Albert Museum will create V&A East, a new museum to showcase its world-class collections of design, art, architecture and performance. It will be a new kind of civic building weaving together spaces for collections, learning, contemporary design practice, conservation and research, with public participation at its heart.
Sadler’s Wells will open a new venue designed to serve contemporary dance-makers and its growing audiences, extending the range of work the dance house can commission, produce and tour. The space will include a 600-seat theatre, facilities for a Choreographic School and a Hip Hop Academy and flexible ‘making’ spaces for research, development and production of dance work.
In addition to the Stratford Waterfront site, the wider Olympicopolis scheme includes a new campus for UCL (University College London), ‘UCL East’ to the south of the ArcelorMittal, providing more opportunities for collaboration.
The future of design
Building work on Stratford Waterfront is due to start in 2018 and Stratford Waterfront will be fully open to the public in 2019/20. The Legacy Corporation will start preliminary market consultations to inform the approach to the construction works contracts in April 2016.
For further details on Olympicopolis, visit their website.
Find out more about UAL’s £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts and plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle.