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Khan backs LDA’s UCL Olympic Park campus

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Sadiq Khan has given the green light to LDA Design’s 190,000m2 campus for University College London on the Olympic Park.

The mayor of London this week granted outline planning consent to the UCL East scheme which features buildings by Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

The project, which was approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning decisions committee late last year, will create academic and commercial research space as well as student accommodation.

LDA said the masterplan ‘distils a clear and simple idea about connecting people and place through landscape’. The practice said routes and views across the campus would include ‘sunny river banks and a series of flexible and diverse open spaces’.

Khan said: ‘UCL East promises to build on UCL’s reputation as a world-leading education and research institution and will sit at the heart of a new culture and education district in Stratford. As this new development takes shape it will cement London’s reputation as the best place in the world to study, work and visit.’

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2. aerial view site map labelled

LDA Design director Bernie Foulkes added: ‘The masterplan for UCL East is intended to change the way we think about the relationship between city and university.

‘Its ambition is to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone and to harness the power of the public realm to encourage collaboration and exchange.

‘We think by creating this new kind of place, where buildings and spaces share the same sense of openness and accessibility and where people can mix, then great things can happen for the university and for the local community.’

Pool Street West, a mixed-use development including towers of 13 and 17 storeys, is being designed by a Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands-led team. This will feature accommodation for around 500 students, as well as the Future Living Institute.

Stanton Williams, meanwhile, is at the helm for Marshgate I, which will include research laboratories, fabrication workshops, facilities for group-working, design studios and exhibition spaces.

Construction of Phase 1 will start in 2019, with Pool Street West expected to be completed by the start of the 2021 academic year. Marshgate I will have a phased opening from September 2022.

1. masterplan illustrative base render by lda design

1. masterplan illustrative base render by lda design

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