UCL looks east towards
Newham for new university campus
University College London and
Newham Council have today announced plans to explore the
establishment of a new campus for UCL in the Olympic borough of
Newham, in addition to the University's Bloomsbury
Under the terms of the agreement signed by UCL and
Newham Council, both parties now have six months to progress
proposals for the development, which could include teaching and
research space as well as additional community, residential and
commercial space. The proposed site is within the Greater
Carpenters Neighbourhood, east of the Olympic Park, which has been
earmarked for redevelopment since 2010.
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The development proposed would be consistent with Newham Council's
Stratford Metropolitan Masterplan as well as UCL's Bloomsbury
Masterplan published last week, which sets out UCL's vision for
developing its estate. It is anticipated that the Mayor of Newham
and Cabinet will consider the proposals developed in mid-2012.
There is no obligation from either Newham Council or UCL to proceed
with the plans after this date.
All proposals will take into account existing commitments made by
the Council to those people affected by the re-housing programme.
Residents and stakeholders in the area will be consulted on the
plans, and UCL has established an academic representative committee
to lead engagement on the proposals across the University.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: "This is an exciting and
ambitious proposition which offers great opportunities for Newham
and we look forward to working with UCL. This development of
world-class academic facilities in Stratford would create a wealth
of benefits for the local area, the borough and East London as a
whole. With leading educational institutions already firmly
established in the area, another university would inspire Newham
youngsters to look at the wider opportunities available to them. As
well as presenting employment opportunities, a new campus will
provide a significant boost to the local economy and provide a
lasting legacy for the community.
"Newham Council is committed to redeveloping the Carpenters
Neighbourhood to ensure the delivery of a high quality, educational
community for the benefit of existing residents and the wider
community. In any negotiations going forward, local residents will
not lose out."
Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost, said: "The
Carpenters Neighbourhood proposal represents a great opportunity
for UCL, creating an additional new campus at the heart of the
Olympic Legacy with excellent transport links to our existing
"As a world-leading university, UCL has ambitious growth plans for
the coming years, but we are constrained in our central London
location in meeting the demand for suitable space to support the
development of world-class teaching and research.
"UCL has a strong record of engaging with our local community in
Bloomsbury, and working effectively with local councils, schools,
community groups and businesses.
"The challenges of delivering this exciting vision will be
substantial, but the regeneration potential is of great
significance for the local community, the Olympic Legacy and the
economy of London as a whole."