Due to open to students and staff in autumn 2023, London College of Fashion, UAL’s new 30,000 square metres campus, designed by architects Allies and Morrison and constructed by Mace and led by UAL Estates, will be part of East Bank, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious culture and education districts. Located on the Stratford Waterfront in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Bank will be a powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning. LCF’s new neighbours will include V&A, BBC, Sadler’s Wells and UCL and the project is central to the long-term legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With the building construction well underway, we share the latest update and images of how the building is taking shape.
The Topping Out Ceremony took place in September to mark the completion and topping out of the shell of our incredible new building. ‘Topping out’ at 85.5 metres, making it the UK’s tallest Higher Education building, the new campus will bring all six of LCF’s current sites together for the first time in its history.
The roof is in place, and it is waterproof just in time for winter. The scalloped cladding has reached the fifth floor and rising every day. With the external shell of the building complete, the focus now turns towards the internal fittings and fixtures and installing windows and cladding.
How does this contribute to our commitments to sustainability and climate action?
BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method, using standards developed by the Building Research Establishment and the design of our new building has received Outstanding BREEAM classification, scoring the highest at the design stage for:
- energy efficiency
- management (construction, commissioning, handover and aftercare)
- facilitating sustainable transport and active travel,
- water efficiency
- sustainable land use including habitat protection and enhancement of ecology
- long-term biodiversity management.
How the building is being made
From utilising high volumes of recycled concrete for the frame, foundations, and shell of the building to making use of existing equipment where it’s needed, East Bank has been brought to life through resources that have been recycled and repurposed.
On-site, we make use of biofuel which produces 90% less carbon emissions than diesel and, through working closely with LLDC, have maintained UAL’s commitment to buy 100% renewable electricity. The latter of which has been powering the pump which churns out non-virgin concrete needed throughout the build.
Aligning with our plans to connect to a site-wide, low carbon heat network to decarbonise heating by 2028, East Bank has been connected to a district heating system that is flexible and ready to move over to the most sustainable source as soon as the necessary technologies improve.