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Bartlett set for Olympic park move

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The Bartlett has announced it is planning to expand into Hawkins\Brown’s Olympic broadcast centre refit

The UK’s top architecture school is set to move into 3,000m² of studio space within the transformed broadcast centre which is now dubbed Here East.

The 10m-tall studio space will extend the school’s advanced manufacture and digital fabrication facilities, while also providing event spaces, spaces for large-scale constructs, exhibitions and a prototypes archive. 

The move comes ahead of a new campus – UCL East – on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2019.

The school will retain its current home at Wates House in Bloomsbury, which is currently undergoing a £23 million revamp also led by Hawkins\Brown.  

The £355 million plans to transform the former press and broadcast centres on the London 2012 Olympic Park are already underway and the scheme, which was reworked by Hawkins\Brown in February 2014 includes  a 28,000m² innovation centre, a 1,045-seat auditorium and a 79,000m² building housing educational space, broadcasting studios, office space, startup spaces and a data centre.

Alan Penn, dean of The Bartlett, UCL, said: ‘By bringing creative design under the same roof as advanced technological research, with the space to learn about collaborative creativity from the performing arts, we aim to build the cadre of tech savvy creative designers and engineers needed to drive a UK manufacturing renaissance.’

Bob Sheil, director of The Bartlett, added: ‘This is a tremendously exciting breakthrough for The Bartlett, UCL, and the UK. Our field and discipline is currently undergoing a creative and interdisciplinary renaissance. Intimate new relationships with complimentary disciplines of engineering, performance, art, and manufacturing are provoking new paradigms for critical thinking and creative production. I’m particularly proud of UCL’s vote of confidence in the constellation of departments involved in this historic and pioneering leap into the future.’    

Roger Hawkins, Partner, Hawkins\Brown, said: ‘Innovation, research and disruptive thinking are the foundation stones of Here East. The fact that UCL have chosen ‘London’s home for making’ as place to develop future technologies and research advanced robotics and manufacturing is a perfect fit. 

‘We are really excited to be working with UCL and The Bartlett once again to design and construct a world class teaching and research environment in a development that Hawkins\Brown have masterplanned, designed and are currently building on site with Laing O’Rourke.’

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