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Stanton Williams appointed for UCL campus on Olympic Games site

Stanton Williams has been drafted in to look at a huge new campus for University College London (UCL) on the Olympic Park

Last year UCL walked away from controversial proposals drawn up by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for a £1 billion campus on the nearby Carpenters Estate site after a deal with Newham Council fell through (AJ 07.05.13).

The new scheme, which is backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be part of the so-called ‘Olympicopolis’, a cultural and education quarter being developed with the Victoria and Albert Museum between the Olympic stadium and Stratford station. Details of the new UCL proposals – effectively a second campus in addition to its existing Bloomsbury base – remain under wraps, with the project described as ‘at the early stages of evaluation’.

A spokesman for UCL added: ‘The appointment of a full design team will be looked at once our discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation are further advanced. At this stage no appointments for design work have been made.’

The V&A said it was not expecting to reveal its own plans for the Olympicopolis development until the autumn. A V&A spokeswoman said: ‘If the proposals all stack up financially and [a new museum on the site] gets the go-ahead, we would then expect to launch an architectural design competition.’  

Previous story (AJ 05.12.13)

National Infrastructure Plan proposes Stratford ‘Olympicopolis’

A new cultural and education quarter dubbed ‘Olympicopolis’ is being planned for the London Olympic Park in Stratford.

Under the plans unveiled in yesterday’s National Infrastructure Plan (NIP), University College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum would create new hubs at the site between the Olympic stadium and Stratford station.

UCL is considering building a culture and heritage centre, a design school and other learning facilities and the V&A may move part of its collection and house temporary exhibitions at the new development.

Boris Johnson said: ‘We want to use Queen Elizabeth Olympic sPark as a catalyst for the industries and technologies in which London now leads the world in order to create thousands of new jobs.’

The name Olympicopolis is a spin on Albertopolis, the name given to the slew of museums and galleries that sprang up under Prince Albert’s guidance around Exhibition Road following the 1851 Great Exhibition.

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