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Second UCL campus win for Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is working on plans for a new University College London (UCL) campus next to the Olympic Park, in Newham, east London

The practice is already masterplanning the £500 million future development of UCL’s existing central London campus in Bloomsbury.

Now UCL has signed a six-month agreement with Newham Council ‘to progress proposals for the development’ within the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood, east of the Olympic Park.

The site, which has been earmarked for redevelopment since 2010, could include teaching and research space as well as homes, offices and community space.

According to a UCL spokesman ‘all proposals will take into account existing commitments made by the Council to those people affected by the re-housing programme’ with residents and stakeholders in the area consulted on the plans.

UCL has set up an academic representative committee to lead engagement on the proposals across the University and has also appointed Drivers Jonas Deloitte as its lead adviser in determining the feasibility of the project.

Comment:

Alex Lifschutz, director of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
’We’re very pleased to have been asked to work with University College and the London Borough of Newham to develop a strategic brief for the Carpenters Estate. The new campus will be a vital complement to the Bloomsbury Estate. This is an exciting time for Stratford and we believe the new UCL Campus will enhance an already significant part of London.’’

Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL president and provost
‘The Carpenters Neighbourhood proposal represents a great opportunity for UCL, creating an additional campus at the heart of the Olympic Legacy with excellent transport links to our existing facilities.
‘As a world-leading university, UCL has ambitious growth plans for the coming years, but we are constrained in our central London location in meeting the demand for suitable space to support the development of world-class teaching and research. [We have] a strong record of engaging with our local community in Bloomsbury, and working effectively with local councils, schools, community groups and businesses. The challenges of delivering this exciting vision will be substantial, but the regeneration potential is of great significance for the local community, the Olympic Legacy and the economy of London as a whole.’

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