The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today welcomed a £151m investment from the Government to deliver the £1.1bn vision for East Bank at the Olympic Park in Stratford, including LCF’s new home for 2022.
At a press briefing today, new plans and building designs were unveiled at Stratford Waterfront for London College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells, and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. At the briefing Sadiq interacted with showcases from LCF including the Fashion Innovation Agency and LCF’s education work with young people for the East Curriculum.
LCF’s new building has been completely redesigned by architects Allies & Morrison following detailed public consultation to develop a brand-new masterplan for the Olympic Park site. CGI images of the building in its new position at the very centre of the Stratford Waterfront development were released at the briefing. Public consultation on the new masterplan will open on Saturday 9 June.
He revealed that the BBC will also become an LCF neighbour on the park, creating a new home for the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as state-of-the-art recording facilities to host recording sessions and live performances across all genres from global stars to emerging talent.
The Mayor announced that at least 50% of new homes across the remaining development sites on the Park – Stratford Waterfront, Pudding Mill and Rick Roberts Way – will be affordable, in line with the Mayor’s commitment that all sites he disposes of will be at least 50% affordable.
We caught up with Head of College, Professor Frances Corner at the LCFBA18 exhibition to ask her about the importance of the move to East Bank.
East Bank will build on the area’s existing creative credentials, and LCF has been building relationships with East Bank partners, delivering projects with the thriving arts and community organisations based in the area, including the artistic community in Hackney Wick, East London Dance, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Studio Wayne McGregor and many more.
As part of this ongoing programme of work, the partners will host Open Doors: Vote 100 at Here East on 22 July, the first day of free entertainment for the local community hosted jointly by all partners.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: Great cities are defined by their ambition as much as their achievements – East Bank is the most ambitious new project of its kind for decades. I have made culture, innovation and growth a top priority, and as London’s centre of gravity has moved east, I’m delighted that we’re placing culture and education at the heart of this development and the Olympic legacy.
“My vision for East Bank is one where everyone, regardless of their background, can access world-class culture and education on their doorstep. East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.
Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “East Bank represents the most significant single investment in London’s culture since the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition, and will shape the cultural life of the city for the 21st century and beyond. Today’s announcement is a major step forward in realising one of the most ambitious culture projects the capital has ever seen.”