Stratford Waterfront, situated next to the London Aquatics Centre, will see the V&A create a brand new 18,000 sqm museum for the digital age, a 550-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells, a brand new campus for 6,500 students at UAL’s London College of Fashion and a residential development, all set within a unique canal-side location.
Rosanna Lawes, Executive Director of Regeneration at the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Stratford and east London are changing fast. In a few short years we will see not only a new cultural and education district in east London with some of the world’s leading institutions sitting in the heart of the Park, but new neighbourhoods and business districts and hugely successful sporting venues delivering on the legacy promises made for the
2012 Games. This is the perfect illustration of how London is open, and will remain so.”
The new District incorporates a new campus for UCL on a separate site to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the largest single expansion of UCL since its foundation in 1826 and the first phase is expected to have up to 3,000 students and 625 staff, including academics and researchers.
The scheme is a key part of the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will create around 3,000 jobs, attract 1.5 million visitors a year and deliver a £2.8bn boost to the economy of Stratford and the surrounding communities.
A detailed planning application will submitted at the end of 2016, with building work to start in 2018 with the site due to open in 2020/21.