Stanton Williams and O’Donnell + Tuomey feature among five design teams vying to masterplan a new campus for University College London (UCL) on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The two architects are part of design teams led by Aecom and Allies & Morrison respectively which have been shortlisted for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)-backed job.
A Make-led team featuring Gehl Architects and rival bids spearheaded by Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands and LDA Design complete the shortlist.
The full shortlisted teams
- AECOM with Stanton Williams, Fluid and Access = Design
- Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands with Expedition Engineering, WSP Group, Townshend Landscape Architects, Useful Simple Group, Gardiner & Theobald, Quod, PFB Construction Management Services, Arup University, Sturgis Carbon Profiling, Alexi Marmot Associates, People Friendly Design, Space Syntax and PPS Group
- Make with Gehl Architects, LDA Design, AECOM, London Communications Agency, The Neighbourhood, David Bonnett Associates and Quod.
- LDA Design with Nicholas Hare Associates, BuroHappold, Momentum Transport Planning, EC Harris, Soundings and Studio Weave
- Allies & Morrison with O’Donnell + Tuomey, BuroHappold, GROSS. MAX. and Gardiner & Theobald
Dubbed ‘UCL East’, the 125,000m2 development will occupy two sites close to the ‘Olympicopolis’ district which is subject to a separate design contest.
Stanton Williams was appointed to complete a visioning exercise for the project last year shortly after UCL walked from plans for a £1 billion campus on the nearby Carpenters Estate.
The 4.5 hectare masterplan will be spread across two sites to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre.
The 50,000m² first phase will include a design school, ‘museum of the future’, innovation centre and experimental engineering complex.
Accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students will also be included.
LLDC chief executive David Goldstone said: ‘It’s great to embark on this latest phase of the Olympicopolis project which will see the creation of a new campus in east London for one of the world’s leading research universities.’
UCL vice provost for enterprise Steve Caddick added: ‘We are looking forward to seeing the plans which the shortlisted teams will propose for the site, mirroring this vision for how the new campus will operate in the way it’s designed for the people and communities who’ll use it.’
LLDC plans to deliver the scheme’s academic elements to shell and core.
A winner will be announced in March.