LDA Design wins UCL East campus contest on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has today (Monday 11 May) announced that LDA Design has won the competition to develop a master plan for a new 125,000 sq m campus for UCL (University College London) on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This location will allow new and exciting initiatives to be developed by UCL, one of the world’s leading universities.

The first phase of UCL East is expected to feature a collection of innovative knowledge centres, bringing together cross-disciplinary expertise from the arts and humanities, engineering, design, culture and social sciences. These centres could provide: pioneering new approaches to experiential learning in engineering, alongside prototyping and manufacturing; space focused on participatory design and heritage practice, with opportunities for public engagement; facilities for open innovation focusing on the intersection between humans, their social interactions and technology; and an innovative living spaces providing a glimpse of the future of living in modern knowledge economies.

LDA Design is leading a team including:

  • Nicholas Hare Architects
  • BuroHappold
  • Momentum Transport Planning
  • EC Harris
  • Soundings
  • Studio Weave

The consultancy beat off stiff competition from four short listed teams to win the master plan contract. The 4.5 hectare UCL master plan is backed by the Legacy Corporation and will be located south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Zaha-Hadid-designed London Aquatics Centre.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“This decision fires the starting gun on the delivery of detailed plans for UCL East, which we believe will be another glittering jewel in the world class constellation of intellectual and cultural riches taking shape in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, said:

“The appointment of LDA Design is a key milestone in our plan to create a new centre for academic research and translation at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. UCL East will be an outstanding and dynamic environment for learning, breaking down the conventional barriers between research, education, innovation, public engagement and collaboration.”

Selina Mason, Partner at LDA Design, said:

“On behalf of our world class team, we’re delighted to have been selected for this unique opportunity to design a campus for one of the world’s leading research universities. It will be an exemplar of how universities will work in the future: a place and institution which is genuinely accessible, outward looking, integrated into the community, and a setting for collaboration. ”

The detailed master plan will be developed over the coming months. Procurement exercises for detailed design services and public realm for the UCL East campus will be launched during summer 2015.

The Legacy Corporation will be the Contracting Authority for the master planning, securing planning permission and delivery of the academic elements to shell and core.