UK-based Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands have secured design services contracts to develop two sites in the first phase of University College London’s (UCL) new UCL East campus.

To be located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, UCL East is a part of a new cultural and education district being built in the same area in collaboration with London Legacy Development.

Under a £1.2bn expansion and upgrade programme, UCL is investing £270m for its new UCL East campus, which will feature cross-disciplinary UCL expertise in various areas, including creativity and material culture, future global cities and experimental engineering.

Once completed, the first phase of UCL East will house nearly 3,000 students and 625 staff, including academics and researchers.

"This will be a place for curiosity, learning and collaboration engaged with the culture of the surrounding city.”

A team led by Stanton Williams has won the design contract for Marshgate, a 33,500m² academic facility located south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

To be designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland, the new complex will feature the Pool Street 16,500m² mixed-use facility.

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands director Alex Lifschutz said: “This is a unique opportunity to create a distinctive place: a new kind of university quarter that captures the excitement and vitality that draws people to live, work and study in contemporary London.

“Drawing on the energy of its East London setting, the Lee Valley’s legacy of industriousness and creativity, and the exceptional cultural and landscape setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this will be a place for curiosity, learning and collaboration engaged with the culture of the surrounding city.”

The project also includes Stratford Waterfront, which will feature a new museum for the V&A; a theatre for Sadler’s Wells; a new campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion; and a residential development.

Image: Rendering of the proposed UCL East campus. Photo: courtesy of Stanton Williams.