UCL to expand into new space at Here East

UCL’s faculty of the Built Environment and UCL Engineering will be expanding into premises on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park early next year

UCL will take possession of 3,000 square metres of 10 metres high studio space at Here East which will be used to undertake ground-breaking research in areas including architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement. UCL will also develop new education programmes in creative design, using film and performance as well as robotic and networked screen technologies.

The scale and novelty of the scheme will enable UCL to pursue new and exciting projects to strengthen interdisciplinary research and teaching. The move also signals UCL’s commitment to engaging with the local community and the London Legacy Development Corporation in advance of the opening of the new campus, UCL East, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2019. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “It is tremendous news that one of our finest higher education institutions, UCL, is coming to Here East, in addition to their future campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will reinforce Here East’s status as a centre for innovation and creativity and strengthen our overall vision to create an ‘Olympicopolis’ that will further transform east London as a world-class centre for education and culture.” 

UCL’s space will be designed by leading architects HawkinsBrown, who are also responsible for the design of Here East. Roger Hawkins, Partner, HawkinsBrown, said: “Innovation, research and disruptive thinking are the foundation stones of Here East. The fact that UCL have chosen ‘London’s home for making’ as place to develop future technologies and research advanced robotics and manufacturing is a perfect fit. We are really excited to be working with UCL and The Bartlett once again to design and construct a world class teaching and research environment in a development that HawkinsBrown have master planned, designed and are currently building on site with Laing O’Rourke.”

Professor Stuart Robson, Head UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, said: “The large collaborative space at Here East will provide the focus for our robotics research community to develop new ‘human-in-the-loop’ technologies. These include advanced IVF and surgical methods at the very small and human scales as well as advanced manufacture, digital fabrication, structures testing and inspection at large scales. For example the space will also include state-of-the-art equipment for simulating challenging environments to test historic and novel structures and materials subjected to extreme environmental conditions and mechanical loading.

Our focus on creating a diverse academic community around shared activity rather than traditional academic discipline will open up exciting new opportunities as we develop a world leading creative engineering centre on the Olympic Park.”

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