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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



New images of Olympicopolis Released

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  • Images show the new homes for UAL’s London College of Fashion, V&A and Sadler’s Wells
  • Outline planning application expected to be submitted in December 2016.

New images of London College of Fashion, UAL’s new home at Stratford Waterfront, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been published today. The images have been created as part of the master planning for the site and show how the partners will combine on the site. London College of Fashion is the building just next to the two high rise towers, with the Smithsonian (TBC) to the right of it in yellow, then Sadler’s Wells then on the right, V&A.

The design of Stratford Waterfront is the work of a team of renowned architects, designers and master planners led by Allies and Morrison and including RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners O’Donnell and Tuomey.

The design will be further developed during 2016, leading to the submission of a detailed planning application at the end of the year.


Nigel Carrington, UAL’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are excited to get a first glimpse of how Olympicopolis will look as it develops over the next five years into a world-class hub for the creative arts. We are proud that a new campus for London College of Fashion will be at the heart of the development, building on the College’s East End heritage, creating an East London fashion cluster through education, research, enterprise and its Better Lives programme.

“The new campus is part of UAL’s wider commitment to invest in its buildings, including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle and the completion of our Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.”

David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said, “Our plans to create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward in leaps and bounds. These exciting new images really start to give life to the project.”

Building work on Stratford Waterfront is due to start in 2018 and Stratford Waterfront will be fully open to the public in 2019/20. London College of Fashion, UAL will be moving in 2020/2021.

The Legacy Corporation will start preliminary market consultations to inform the approach to the construction works contracts in April 2016.

Details will be published via the Official Journal of the European Union and the LLDC website


UAL Announces Winning Architects for Stratford move

An artist's impression of the chosen concept. Final designs will be revealed later this year.

An artist’s impression of the chosen concept. Final designs will be revealed later this year.

An award-winning architecture practice has been chosen to design UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Allies and Morrison, in conjunction with RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell & Tuomey and other renowned practices, have been chosen to design the new culture and university complex. The development is part of the ‘Olympicopolis’ scheme announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, on Stratford Waterfront in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The architects were chosen by a jury which included representatives from each of the institutions to be housed in the scheme, including UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington.

It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the College’s 100 year history.

Nigel Carrington said:

“We’re delighted to have Allies and Morrison on board for this project. They have a proven track-record of delivering iconic buildings in line with what we would expect for UAL. Over the coming weeks and months we will work with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the architects to make sure UAL’s requirements are met, revealing the final designs later this year.”

The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells. Discussions are also underway with the Smithsonian Institution to join the scheme by opening its first permanent museum outside the United States.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said

“Stratford Waterfront is set to become a world leading centre of culture and higher education, and I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint some serious talent to work on the designs. Their work will be key to a project that is expected to generate nearly £2bn and bring 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.”

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