By 2021, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London will move to Stratford Waterfront, the new cultural hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing our six specialist sites under one roof and into one campus.
What we do here is much more than designing clothes. Our work is based on over a century of development and we drive change across an ever evolving global industry. By bringing together our varied disciplines and facilities, this new site, quite literally, gives us space to explore the possibilities of what fashion will become over the next hundred years. As a world leading educator for such a specialist subject, that is what we need to do now.
Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London, Professor Frances Corner
To shape lives through fashion.
London College of Fashion, UAL, is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education and we have been nurturing creative talent for over a century.
Our move to the Olympic Park gives us the opportunity to redefine what fashion is by connecting our range of disciplines for the first time and under one roof, and to show London and the world what these possibilities look like.
The College’s rich heritage and international reputation means constant identification of new ways of working, responsiveness to changes in design practice, development of new skills and discovery of new markets.
The design solution for our new building will enable LCF to maintain and exploit our unique brand, culture and connected existence.
We hope to create a growing cultural hub of thousands of students and staff, who will forge relationships with their neighbours in the community, from Newham Council to schools, cultural institutions to local residents. They will create events and hold exhibitions that will inspire, provoke, excite and educate. They will draw even more international attention and attract even more new business eager to tap into the vitality, energy and vision of a new creative centre for London.
Opportunities offered by the move are:
- Having all of our courses and levels under one roof for the first time, which will create more collaboration
- Transforming the experience of our students with new modes of teaching and learning
- Strengthening our role as a business incubator
- Creating a community
- Creating opportunities for our staff and students to work with our neighbours at Stratford Waterfront, V&A, UCL and Sadler’s Wells.
The site and the building
Olympicopolis is split across two sites. Its development is being managed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the Government body with responsibility for delivering an appropriate legacy to the 2012 Olympic Games in East London. Find out more about the project on their website.