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Major contests launched by UCL for Olympic park campus

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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University College London (UCL) and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) are seeking architects for the first phase of a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The organisations have published a pair of separate OJEU contract notices for new buildings at Pool Street and Marshgate.

The £40 million Pool Street scheme will deliver a new mixed-use academic and residential facility south of Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre.

The £80 million Marshgate project will meanwhile create 33,500m² of academic space for the prestigious university on land to the south of the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit.

The two schemes are the first phase of UCL’s masterplan – drawn up by LDA Design with Nicholas Hare Architects and Studio Weave – for a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Dubbed UCL East, the campus is part of the mayor’s proposed ‘Olympicopolis’ education and cultural district in Stratford.

UCL 2175 Stage 2 Exhibition boards FINAL

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In May 2015, Allies and Morrison with O’Donnell & Tuomey and Gustafson Porter won a separate contest for another part of the Olympicopolis which will be delivered to the north of the London Aquatics Centre.

Adam Harman, UCL East project director commented: ‘Today marks the start of the process to deliver a suite of exemplary buildings and spaces to transform academic innovation in East London in the same way that UCL’s iconic Wilkins Building helped transform Bloomsbury in 1826.

‘These two commissions will set the tone for a pioneering and accessible education hub that UCL will develop over the coming decades.’

Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development for the Legacy Corporation, added: ‘This is another major step forward in the ambitious Olympicopolis project and will help to cement our wider regeneration ambitions in and around the Park.’

The deadline for applications to both projects is 1pm on 30 March.


Martin Summersgill, head of development (UCL East) at UCL

Head of development (UCL East) at UCL

Head of development (UCL East) at UCL

Martin Summersgill

How many new buildings will you be delivering at UCL East?
LLDC and UCL are currently drafting the masterplan for UCL East which will cover 4.5 hectares and provide about 150,000m² of space. It is expected to propose several new buildings providing both residence and university uses. The masterplan will form part of an outline planning application that we expect to submit at the end of the year. UCL East represents the largest single expansion of UCL since the university was founded nearly 200 years ago. Design of the first phase will commence in late summer and completion dates will be confirmed in due course.

What sort of architects are you hoping to work with?
UCL East is envisaged as a new model of how a university campus can be embedded in the local community and with businesses, as well as providing world-leading research, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. It will also form part of the significant development of Olympicopolis. So this presents a unique opportunity for UCL to recast its relationship with London and to fulfill its promise as London’s global university. We are looking for two teams that can help us achieve this vision – delivering high quality design and helping us to establish an enduring legacy.

What other campus developments are you impressed by?
We have taken a look at a number of university developments in Europe, the US and the UK, and are still looking and learning. There are some impressive examples to learn from, ranging from O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Wee Hock Centre at LSE, to Twelve Architects’ Diamond Building at Sheffield University and SOM’s New School building in New York. However none have really been developed under the circumstances that we are dealing with - we expect UCL East in many ways to be unique.


How to apply

View the Pool Street contract notice for more information

View the Marshgate contract notice for more information

Contact details

Procurement Services
University College London
Gower Street

E-mail: tenders.procurement@ucl.ac.uk

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