A design team led by Make has submitted plans for a new joint facility for the University of East London and Birkbeck University of London
Drawn up in collaboration with Aecom, Fluid Structures and Plincke Landscape, the 8,600m² Stratford Island University Centre will house a range of departments from each university as well as a number of ‘highly flexible general teaching spaces’ and dedicated areas for law, performing arts, dance, music and information technology.
The proposed building will sit on a dilapidated site ‘in a high-profile location’ in central Stratford which, the practice claims, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Newham Borough Council are keen to develop as part of a new cultural quarter for East London.
James Taylor, partner at Make, said: ‘The building will have a hugely positive effect on the area. The scheme is formed from a series of shifting blocks, reaching up to five storeys, which express the variety of spaces and activities inside.
He added: ‘The building has a prominent public presence. Long runs of glazing at ground level and large windows above are incorporated to display the great mix of educational activities taking place inside.’
Pending planning permission, construction will start next year (2011).