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LDA Design wins Olympic Park UCL campus design

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LDA Design has been appointed to develop a masterplan for a new 125,000m² campus for University College London on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed the practice to design and develop a new campus south of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre.

The consultancy beat bids led by Aecom with Stanton Williams, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with Expedition Engineering, Make with Gehl Architects and Allies & Morrison with O’Donnell + Tuomey to land the scheme, dubbed UCL East.

To deliver the masterplan, LDA Design will head up a team including six other firms:

  • Nicholas Hare Architects
  • BuroHappold
  • Momentum Transport Planning
  • EC Harris
  • Soundings
  • Studio Weave

The first phase of UCL East will feature a series of knowledge centres, covering different departments of the university including engineering, design, culture and social sciences.

Procurement exercises for detailed design services for the campus will be launched during summer 2015.

The LLDC will be the contracting authority for the master planning, and will secure planning permission and delivery of the academic elements.

Of the deal, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘This decision fires the starting gun on the delivery of detailed plans for UCL East, which we believe will be another glittering jewel in the world class constellation of intellectual and cultural riches taking shape in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’

LDA Design partner Selina Mason added: ‘On behalf of our world class team, we’re delighted to have been selected for this unique opportunity to design a campus for one of the world’s leading research universities.

‘It will be an exemplar of how universities will work in the future: a place and institution which is genuinely accessible, outward-looking, integrated into the community, and a setting for collaboration.”

The UCL East campus is the latest in a string of projects that will transform the Olympic Park.

There will be a total of five new ‘neighbourhoods’ constructed, with 450 affordable homes, 500 private rented homes, and 530 homes available for private sale across two of these - East Wick and Sweetwater.

The LLDC have also begun procurement planning for the Pudding Mill neighbourhood, which is expected to be on a similar scale to East Wick and Sweetwater combined.

In total, the redevelopment of the Olympic Park is expected to deliver up to 7,000 homes once completed.

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