Construction begins on £1.1bn culture and education powerhouse in UK

WCN Editorial Team 3 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

London mayor Sadiq Khan has broken ground £1.1bn East Bank scheme, which is touted to be the UK’s new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth.

Expected to create more than 1,500 jobs during construction phase and hundreds of apprenticeships, the new powerhouse is being built at the new University College London (UCL) East and Stratford Waterfront sites at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Consultancy and construction firm Mace, in partnership with London Legacy Development, serves as project management partner for Stratford Waterfront site, while UCL is the main contractor for the Marshgate building of UCL East.

Spread across three sites, the East Bank scheme is expected to generate £1.5bn for the local economy. It is backed by £385m funding from the Mayor of London and £151m funding from the UK Government.

The scheme involves a new campus for University College London, the BBC recording studios, campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion, a mid-scale dance theatre for Sadler’s Wells, and two new V&A sites.

Sadiq Khan said: “Culture and creativity has shaped our city and made us who we are – the capital is overflowing with talent and imagination and it is what makes London the greatest city in the world.

“That is why I am delighted to be in the Olympic Park breaking ground for the most ambitious cultural development in decades. East Bank will inspire a whole new generation of Londoners to pursue their creative ambitions.

“This new creative cluster will bring together world-leading cultural and educational institutions to give young Londoners the chance to explore career opportunities, create jobs for local people and provide an economic boost for the capital.”

Mace will lead the project and construction management on the V&A East museum, Sadler’s Wells East theatre, London College of Fashion campus and the BBC Concert Hall.

The 4.25-hectare site will include 41,965km² of educational space, 8,144km² of cultural space, 20,770km² of performance venue space, 1,934km² of retail/food and drink space, and 86km² of office space.

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Image: Illustration of East Bank scheme at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in UK. Photo: courtesy of Mace Group.

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