A Space For Our Future

All the information you will need about the moving process; the site, and the new building.

One student’s design could be a permanent feature in the new LCF Building in Stratford

LCF and Arts SU are launching the second in a series of competitions intended to enable LCF students to be involved in the development of the College’s new building on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

This time, the opportunity is for students to collaborate with the design team on a series of special concrete finishes that will form a permanent feature in the new LCF building. The design vision is to cast the design into the concrete surface of the lift lobbies and on the five double-height columns in the heart of the building.

Creative Brief

The brief is to design a pattern that could be developed with the architectural team to create the special finishes for these two components of the building. The design team is looking for up to five individual designs to develop in collaboration with the participating students – three for the lift lobbies and two for the columns.


The design should speak to the history, tradition and ethos of LCF.

Key dates

The deadline for entries is 19 April 2019, then there will be an opportunity for student entries to work with the architects to develop their ideas, before a winner is chosen.



Fashion District and LCF launch Schools Innovation Challenge

As part of the EAST-Education initiative, London College of Fashion and Fashion District will be running a Schools Innovation Challenge. The competition hopes to inspire and challenge Key Stage 2 & 3 students to consider how new technologies could change the way we shop.

Between March and June, students will be introduced to new concepts which will challenge them to think creatively, work as a team and build digital and problem-solving skills. On June 17th, teams of students will be invited to submit their own concepts for what their own “store of the future” could look like through the use of technology.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch at a celebratory event, where winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts. Generously sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, there will be six cash prizes with 2 x £1500 for the winning entries and 4 x £500 for the two runners up in each category to support the creative curriculum back in school.

We will be sharing some of the winning entries here in Summer 2019.

LCF students design hoardings at Olympic Park site

LCF and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have launched a competition for LCF students to design a high impact artwork for the hoardings which will be installed around the building site at Stratford where the East Bank development, including LCF’s new home, is being built.

An opportunity for one student’s work to take centre stage at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at a site next to the London Aquatics Centre (which has approx 1 million visitors per year, most of whom come from the surrounding communities). The hoarding design will be installed by the end of April 2019, in time for the FINA World Diving Championships in May, which sees the site filled with global media and film crews.

Students who registered interest went on a tour of the site to get an understanding of the size of the work and its viewpoints, and submissions were entered on 8 March. Judging is currently in process, and the panel includes representatives from LLDC, LCF’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Imaging and Illustration Cameron Haynes, and representatives for Legacy Youth Voice; the panel of young people who live and study in the area.

We will soon announce the winner and show the work being installed, so watch this space and make sure you visit the Aquatics Centre next time you are in Stratford!

Fashion District to make East London the global capital of fashion technology

Plans to make East London the global hub of fashion technology have been announced today at the launch of the capital’s new Fashion District.

Fashion District aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to east London with sites in East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Haringey and Poplar. It aims to boost growth through thousands of new jobs, improving skills and training, and the provision of new affordable workspaces.

Fashion is currently worth £1.4bn to the east London economy and has seen a rise of more than 10,000 fashion jobs in east London between 2010 and 2015.  The work of the Fashion District is predicted to provide a further boost to the area with additional jobs.

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

The new plans unveiled today will build on a long history in fashion manufacturing and legacy in East London to ensure that the area is the centre for fashion education, design, business and technology. Throughout the capital’s history the east end has been at the centre of fashion manufacturing – from silk weaving in Spitalfields to all the work of the seamstresses and tailors. Currently 23 per cent of the capital’s fashion enterprises and employment are based in east London, and this new hub will support further growth through training and provision of technology used in fashion production – 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics – and design software.

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice-Chancellor UAL and Head of London College of Fashion said:

“London needs to act now if it wants to stay at the forefront of the fashion tech revolution. Emerging businesses only grow with significant support in skills, advocacy, innovation and investment. That’s what the Fashion District will bring. I am particularly delighted the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have pledged their support. Working with London Boroughs will accelerate the development of space and business support for SMEs and attracting light manufacturing to east London.”

(L to R) Designer Christopher Raeburn, with young designers Bethany Williams, Sabinna Rachimova, Daniel Fletcher, and Emile Vidal-Carr, at the launch of the Fashion District, which is a new hub for fashion innovation that aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to the east end, held at Christopher Raeburn’s studio in London. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This brand-new approach comes as the result of an innovative collaboration by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, the British Fashion Council (BFC), UK Fashion and Textiles, the Mayor of London, London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC), Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, Poplar HARCA, The Trampery, Fashion Enter, Here East, Newham College, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

Creative organisations come together for shared internship programme

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has launched a new shared-internship programme delivered by cultural education organisation A New Direction, and London College of Fashion is going to host one of seven talented young people from east London boroughs. STEP (Shared Training & Employment Programme) is a programme designed and developed in partnership with founding members Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion to:

  • Increase diversity across the creative and cultural sector by creating access routes for those under-represented in the sector: Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Promote fair and formal access routes into the sector by working with creative organisations to introduce new recruitment processes
  • Create a shared model that looks to develop a wide range of skills across core disciplines within the arts to better prepare young people for careers in the sector
  • Promote, encourage and work towards the London Living Wage across the arts.

The programme also aims to encourage and promote good work practices in line with the Mayor of London’s draft Good Work Standard for London businesses.

The seven interns aged 18-30 have been selected from the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, and have begun positions across London College of Fashion, NTS live, Bow Arts, Rosetta Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Over a 12 month period, participants will experience placements within at least two different host organisations, giving interns the perfect chance to experience more than one area of cultural / creative employment. Creative Access are providing aspects of the training in order to encourage and support participants’ personal and professional development.

‘Programmes such as this are vital in ensuring access to the creative industries for all. I strongly believe that talent and creativity know no social or cultural boundaries, so by partnering on this programme, we aim to nurture talented east Londoners looking for their first step into employment within the creative industries.’ Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Businesses will create opportunities in marketing, digital content production, operations, fundraising, learning and participation, production and programming, and placements will include a programme of masterclasses, skills workshops and industry mentors. Participants will be paid the London Living Wage for the duration of the placements.

At the end of the programme, young professionals will have the skills to move on into a range of careers including arts administration, marketing, production, programming and curation, community outreach, operations management and creating digital content across London’s creative industry.

‘I’ve needed something like this programme for the longest time. I’ve needed a role where I can show off my skill set as well as learn new skills that I can take with me for the rest of my working life.’ Jordan Reilly, aged 23 from Tower Hamlets, placed with LCF

‘For many young people, a career in the creative industries can seem out of reach – something only available to those who can afford to go to university and work unpaid internships. STEP offers an amazing opportunity to not only give a group of talented young individuals the experience and training they need to start their careers, but also the chance to show how much London’s young creatives have to offer – regardless of their background.’ Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive of A New Direction

City Challenge London

The East London Fashion Cluster partners (LCF, British Fashion Council, UKFT and The Mayor’s Office) have set a challenge to make London’s fashion industry more sustainable with a challenge for new businesses.

City Challenge calls for all innovators, entrepreneurs and all round big thinkers to develop innovative solutions to creating a more circular fashion industry in London. 

€10,000 will be awarded to two innovative submissions that successfully demonstrate ways of implementing the circular economy in London’s Fashion industry. 

The City Challenge sets two London challenges, looking to use FashTech to:

  • Create systemic change for a London fashion loop
  • Develop a focussed intervention that will contribute to a more circular fashion industry

Find out more, discover the challenges and submit your ideas for your chance to win €10,000 on the Challenge website

Come to Plexal , Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to find out more about the challenge, hear from expert speakers and discover what the City Challenge is looking for at the launch event on the 2nd November and people can book tickets via Eventbrite

4Fashion: where we are now

You may have read in the Architects Journal about the masterplan for Stratford Waterfront changing to protect a view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park. This has lead to the partners on the site reconvening to submit a new design for the development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This has allowed the group opportunities to further refine their building designs, but also that of the surrounding environment. Landscape architects LDA, who designed the Park originally in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, have been appointed. They have been looking at other sites around the world for inspiration, and we include some images of those here.

Some of the themes they have been looking at are:

  • The dual aspect nature of the site, looking at the union between the front of the buildings on to the Olympic Park and the back, facing the city.
  • Making the most of the waterfront, and using this to create an area of beauty.

  • Including as much nature in the space as possible, on every level, including any roof level

  • The public realm, and how to make this a calming and inspirational place to spend time for everyone.

Digital Learning Lab at London College of Fashion is now open

As part of LCF’s move to Stratford, the Digital Strategies and the Arts & Events Programme have developed two new spaces that will play host to a range of teaching, learning and showcasing activities through the lens of digital practice and innovation.

3D printers in the Digital Learning Lab

3D printers in the Digital Learning Lab

The Digital Learning Lab is an interdisciplinary space operating at the intersection between traditional and digital practice for design, making and ideation in a fashion context. As a provocation, the space will be home to a community of students and staff focused around physical computing, e-textiles, creative coding, mixed and virtual reality and 3D print, sitting alongside traditional tools and techniques. This community will explore new ways of working, contribute to pedagogic innovation and explore future forms and methods of output. With residencies from UAL Futures and the Digital Anthropology Lab, a vibrant programme of workshops and seminars operating at the frontier of digital practice will emerge.

Arcade East’s programme will transform Mare Street’s canteen into an exciting public congregation space from summer 2017. In collaboration with the Digital Learning Lab, it will enable showcases, discussions, screenings and other events.

Read more about both spaces here.


Arcade East and the Digital Learning Lab

Exciting transformations are afoot on LCF’s Mare Street campus, as part of the Digital Strategies and the Arts & Events Programme Stratford work streams contributing to the transformation of LCF before we move to the Olympic Park. We are developing two new spaces that will play host to a range of teaching, learning and showcasing activities through the lens of digital and innovation.

Digital Learning Lab, design drawing by OpenDesk

Digital Learning Lab, design drawing by OpenDesk

The Digital Learning Lab, located in the former reprographics room, has the mandate to experiment with ideas around the future of learning that exposes Academics, Technicians and Students to new pedagogic approaches and practice at the intersection between technology and teaching and learning. This space is enabled as a Digital Making Space that encourages staff and students to take part in a range of activities such as Code Clubs and Digital making workshops. In collaboration with the Digital Anthropology Lab, it will also co-present a programme of activities with external partners.

Arcade East, transforms Mare Street’s canteen, a space that lies dormant between the end of June and the end of September, into a vibrant public congregation space that will enable showcases, discussions, screenings and other events. Each summer, as part of the Stratford Arts Programme, it will host a themed season of events with a focus on digital and innovation. As well as working with students, staff and researchers to present and experiment with ideas, we will be partnering with internal and local stakeholders to create an exciting range of community-facing initiatives including summer schools, pop-up kitchens and activities. Throughout the rest of the year, we are hoping to encourage use of the space when possible, more to come about how you can get involved soon.

Arcade East in Workshop mode, design drawing by OpenDesk

Arcade East in Workshop mode, design drawing by OpenDesk

Latest CGI images of Stratford Waterfront released

This week London’s Evening Standard had an exclusive first glimpse of images of the Stratford Waterfront development, including UAL’s London College of Fashion building, alongside V&A and Sadler’s Wells. The images were unveiled to mark the fourth anniversary of the the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Inspired by the weave and texture of fabric, architects Allies and Morrison designed the building façade to embody the essence of cutting edge fashion design synonymous with the work of staff and students at London College of Fashion, UAL. The bold and memorable design makes the most of natural light and ventilation to suit the design studios and workshops and seeks to inspire the creative talent of tomorrow.


All images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects



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