Cultural and Education District in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (previously known as Olympicopolis)


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Topic following the development of the major new higher education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

University College London (UCL) will create a new university campus to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The University of the Arts London will establish a new campus on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells.

The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

Updated 5th December: Stratford Waterfront is marked in pink above


Images of ‘culture quarter’ unveiled for anniversary of 2012 opening ceremony
Chobham Manor, E20 | Taylor Wimpey & L&Q
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MAYOR WELCOMES £141M FROM GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT WORLD LEADING CULTURE & EDUCATION QUARTER ON THE PARK

02.12.2014 - Press Release

  • University College London and University of the Arts London to create two new campuses
  • Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells will be at the core of the cultural district

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today (2 December) welcomed the Government’s commitment of £141m to create a major new higher education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It was confirmed today in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan, that £141m will be committed to help deliver the Mayor’s ‘Olympicopolis’ vision. This will create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.

University College London (UCL) will create a new university campus to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The University of the Arts London will establish a new campus on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells.

The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

In July the Mayor announced an international design competition for the single education and cultural district on Stratford Waterfront. This had more than 1,000 architects, master planners, place makers, engineers and landscape designers from across the globe register their interest. A shortlist will be announced soon.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Olympicopolis will create a world class centre for arts and education on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will generate millions of pounds for East London’s economy and support thousands of jobs. It is absolutely fantastic that the Government has confirmed funding for this ambitious project to the tune of £141m, enabling us to progress with detailed plans for its delivery. This is an important milestone in our plans to realise a legacy from London’s 2012 Games that reaps economic and social dividends to last for generations to come.

Vice-Provost (Enterprise & London) at UCL, Professor Stephen Caddick, said: “UCL East represents the largest ever single expansion of UCL since the university was founded nearly 200 years ago. Our new site will be a beacon of how universities should work in decades to come – outward looking, connected to the local community and providing facilities to businesses to work on site to bring new discoveries and inventions out of the lab and into the marketplace.
“Our plans are designed to make a real and practical difference to the lives of people in Newham and London more widely, as well as making a genuine contribution to growth and jobs. London can be the global capital for higher education and we see this development – alongside many others in London – as being an important step in that direction.”

Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, Nigel Carrington, said: “Research on global challenges is increasingly beginning to emerge from the borders of art and science. This new creative approach is physically expressed in the university and cultural quarter at Stratford. The partnership between these four world-class institutions will create radical research, and lead to exciting new technology and fashion businesses in this part of London.”

Director of the V&A, Martin Roth, said: “The education and cultural district planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has the potential to be one of the most exciting and important developments of our time. Our aim is to create a new model for museums of the future, where reserve collections and archives are visible and accessible all of the time, and the public can really be engaged with their national collections. We are thrilled that this project has been given support at the highest level and we look forward to continue working with our partners to make it a reality.

Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding CBE, said: “We are very excited by the unique opportunity this project offers for collaboration with the V&A, UAL and UCL, amongst the other existing organisations and communities in the neighbouring areas of East London. It allows us to realise a bolder vision for dance; establishing the first venue on this scale specifically designed to serve contemporary choreography. The new space will also significantly enhance our long-held aims of supporting the research, development and making of new work, and nurturing new talent, which is vital for the future of any art form. It is fantastic that the plans for culture and education to be at the heart of the regeneration of the area, can now be realised.”

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, chair of the Six Growth Boroughs (formerly the Host Boroughs of the 2012 Games), said: “This new cultural hub further cements Newham’s investment in the former Olympic Stadium as a lasting legacy for our residents, London and the nation. As well as offering a huge number of jobs for local people, it will offer a significant boost to East London’s economy for years to come. The educational potential of the ‘Olympicopolis’ project will inspire our young people to look at the wider opportunities available to them.”

Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, David Goldstone, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is a significant endorsement of the work of the Legacy Corporation. We now have a huge amount of work to do to deliver the Mayor’s vision and along with our partners make this project a reality.”

Education

UCL East will provide 125,000m2of space. The first phase of 50,000 m2 will bring together expertise across disciplines, with the aim of forging new connections between researchers and business; fostering radical innovation, new insights and new industries. They will include the UCL Generator the university’s first School of Design. A UCL Museum of the Future, a reinvention of the university museum for the 21st century, the UCL Centre for Experimental Engineering, which will be established to address the acute skills shortage in engineering and develop new approaches to experiential learning in engineering, alongside prototyping and manufacturing facilities. UCL Innovation will focus on technology and UCL Living will comprise living space for undergraduates, postgraduate research students, as well as early career academic staff.

UAL’s 32,000m2 site will create a research and education hub for the global fashion industry, near the traditional heart of the East End fashion trade. It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the college’s 100 year history. The new campus will include two major research centres focusing on sustainability and innovation in the fashion industry. It will provide widespread access to advanced fashion technology, business incubators, and a changing programme of public exhibitions.

Culture

V&A E20 will occupy 20,000m2 and will present the museum’s outstanding collections in never-before-seen ways, greatly enhancing access to 1000 years of design, architecture, art and performance and encouraging public participation in almost every aspect of museum activities. Permanent galleries on site will include the first dedicated museum space in the UK to document the full breadth of digital design and begin to write the design history of that fast moving field. There will be space for a rolling exhibition programme curated by the V&A with international partners, as well as studio spaces for new and emerging practitioners.

Sadler’s Wells aims to create a 7,000m2 venue with a 600 seat dance theatre to complement its existing venues cementing London’s position as one of the world’s greatest centres for dance. The new venue will provide flexible ‘making’ spaces for research and development and producing new work, facilities for a Choreographic School, and for a Hip Hop Academy.


#3

So excited about this!


#4

Me too - it’s great isn’t it!


#5

Definitely from when I first read about this months ago - I think I said something about my head exploding! However what it doesn’t say here is that we are talking around 2020 before any of it opens. But these things take time to build of course but at least the competition has been open for a while so we might get to see some proposals soon. South of The Orbit probably means South Lawn as beyond that is the railway line and the other side is built on. Anyway, we shall see soon I hope.


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Yes I agree this is all good news to get signed off my the mayor and the chancellor. Still as said will be 2020 before it arrives but will be good

And there could still be more arriving in the cultural hub if they get agreement like the below.


#7

Don’t want to rain on the parade but the press were saying Boris was chasing every big museum organisation at the time inc The Guggenheim before the V&A confirmed and The Tate were already doing stuff in Hackney Wick on a temp basis. Maybe they will come but they’re running out of space already! The waterfront space is small anyway for theatre/museum as it is. I hope it doesn’t happen again but I’m already seeing compulsory purchase in Bow-ish area for stuff that’s being cited. They can build on bits of QEOP but not all of it obviously.

Watch this space and all that! Still exciting stuff though.


#8

Yes is exciting.

I agree Boris is probably talking to everyone, but from I understand he wanted one last big International name down there to cement things as well as the V&A and Saddlers Wells as they have been signed up for a while.

Logistics and even if that happens up in the air of course, but still cool that it is all coming soon (in relative terms…)


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REVEALED:
TOP TALENTS NAMED ON OLYMPICOPOLIS SHORTLIST

12.12.2014 - Architects Journal

Six teams featuring a raft of exciting names including David Chipperfield, Asif Khan, O’Donnell and Tuomey and 6a Architects have been shortlisted for the new Olympicopolis cultural and education quarter.

The finalists were chosen from 43 ‘high quality’ submissions for the huge project at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London which will house outposts of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London.

The two-stage contest, which has been organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation and competition specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants, was launched in September 2014.

Some 1,000 architects, master planners, engineers and landscape designers from around the world registered their interest (see AJ 16.10.14). Among those to miss out was a joint bid by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Amanda Levete and David Adjaye and a collaboration between Atkins with Burwell Deakins, C.F. Møller, Farrell, Nord, Stitch and Wayne Hemingway.

The six teams in full:

  • AECOM with Stanton Williams, Alison Brooks Architects, AKT II, Asif Khan, Carmody Groarke, Charcoalblue, Haworth Tompkins and Vogt Landscape Architects
  • Ramboll UK with Rick Mather, RCR, Jun’ya Ishigami, So-il, Max Fordham, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Steer Davies Gleave, Gardiner and Theobald, Savills, Britain Thinks, Eley Kishimoto, Ab Rogers, Charcoalblue, Speirs + Major and Gross.max
  • Allies and Morrison with Buro Happold, O’Donnell and Tuomey, Gardiner and Theobald, Gustafson Porter and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia
  • David Chipperfield Architects with Arup, Robbrecht en Daem, Harry Gugger Studio, Vogt Landscape Architects, Publica Associates, Alinea consulting
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Atelier Ten, Grant Associates, Expedition, Charcoalblue, Gardiner & Theobald, 5th Studio, Coffey Architects, David Kohn, DRDH Architects, Hoidn Wang Partner and Thomas Matthews
  • Baumschlager Eberle with 6a Architects, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Latz+Partner, Buro Happold, Momentum Consulting Engineers, Charcoalblue, Gardiner & Theobald, Polly Staple and Chisenhale Gallery

The cultural and education quarter aims to showcase London’s cultural prowess and bring together organisations with exceptional programmes within the performing arts, fashion, visual arts, craft, science, technology and design.

The scheme is due to receive £141million of government funding and create approximately 3,000 jobs as well as contributing £2.8billion in economic activity to the local area.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London are partners in the development. University College London is also collaborating on the wider Olympicopolis scheme and will be building a major new campus next to the Stratford Waterfront site.

The second stage of the competition will see the six shortlisted teams invited to submit concept designs for the culture and education quarter by Easter 2015. The winning team will be announced in late spring 2015 following deliberations by a jury chaired by Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival, and including representatives from each of the institutions to be housed in the scheme.


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MAYOR WELCOMES SMITHSONIAN DECISION TO JOIN FORMAL TALKS ON NEW BASE AT EAST LONDON’S ‘OLYMPICOPOLIS’

27.01.2015 - Press Release

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today (27 January) welcomed the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to open talks on creating a presence as part of the ‘Olympicopolis’ project on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • World-renowned Smithsonian Institution opens official talks over a new London base at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • Move approved by the Smithsonian board at its meeting last week (Monday 26 January)

  • Decision follows series of meetings between the Smithsonian, the Mayor and LLDC

  • Smithsonian would join V&A, UCL, University of the Arts London, and Sadler’s Wells at the centre of a new university and cultural district

The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents voted yesterday to hold formal talks with the London Legacy Development Corporation on terms for the world’s largest museum and research complex to be part of the new university and cultural district in east London.

If negotiations are successful the Smithsonian would take up residence alongside the Victoria and Albert Museum, University of the Arts London and Sadler’s Wells on the 76,000m2 scheme on Stratford Waterfront. University College London will also create a new university campus on the Park to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

It will mark the first time in the Smithsonian’s 168-year history that the Institution has ventured beyond U.S. borders for a long-term exhibition venue. The 40,000 square-foot (3,750-square-metre) gallery is expected to open in 2021 and will feature permanent and rotating exhibits, programmes and activities, offering a platform for its vast collections and expertise in history, art, culture and science.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“It would be a massive coup to attract the Smithsonian Institution to east London. The Smithsonian is a truly extraordinary and unique organisation and I am absolutely thrilled that we are progressing talks regarding its involvement in the world-class arts and education quarter we are creating in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, David Goldstone, said:

“To have the world’s largest museum and research complex taking such interest in the project shows the massive potential Olympicopolis has to offer. We look forward to very positive and productive talks.”

Chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, John McCarter,said:

“This enterprising initiative from the Mayor and LLDC has tremendous potential. It is an impressive project and the Smithsonian looks forward to exploring the possibilities of this project.”

The ‘Olympicopolis’ scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

In July the Mayor announced an international design competition for the university and cultural district on Stratford Waterfront. This had more than 1,000 architects, master planners, place makers, engineers and landscape designers from across the globe register their interest. A shortlist was announced in December 2014 with the winning team to be announced this spring.

The Mayor’s vision for ‘Olympicopolis’ takes its inspiration from the achievements of Prince Albert, who used the proceeds of the 1851 Great Exhibition to create ‘Albertopolis’ – the 86 acre site around Exhibition Road in South Kensington that is today considered one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific, educational, artistic and cultural hubs.


Smithsonian Institution
Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. There are 6,500 Smithsonian employees and 6,300 volunteers. There were 30 million visits to the Smithsonian in 2013. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 126 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History. www.smithsonian.org


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Another great shot of the ‘Olympicopolis’ site. (Right of the Aquatics, below the Stadium)

Taken on 4 August 2014. Copyright: Kevin Allen Tel:- UK 01508 470030


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Higher Res version of a similar shot above — shows proximity to East Village.

Taken on 4 August 2014. Copyright: Kevin Allen Tel:- UK 01508 470030


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LLDC UPDATE ON ‘OLYMPICOPOLIS’ — outlining the latest status and objectives.

May 2015 - Update

Please download PDF here: Olympicopolis_Update.pdf (1.3 MB)

“We should never forget the achievement of Prince Albert, who took the proceeds of the 1851 Great Exhibition and used them to create the 86 acre constellation of institutions in South Kensington – museums, universities, artistic, scientific and cultural institutions - that we call Albertopolis.”

“Now is the time for a 21st century variant, that is no less ambitious. There is already a long continuum of knowledge based industries in which this country excels – from cultural, creative and media industries to architecture to fashion to design to tech of all kinds. It has been said that we are in the throes of a third industrial revolution. After the age of steam and the age of the internal combustion engine, we have arrived in the digital age.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson


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UCL East consultation activity

Over the summer we will be ‘popping-up’ in the neighbourhoods near the UCL East site to introduce the project, discuss the masterplan principles and understand local aspirations – please join us:

LEYTON
Saturday 15 August
11am – 3pm
At Drapers Fields
Near the High Road Leyton Entrance

BOW
Friday 21 August
12pm – 4pm
By the Clock Mill
At 3 Mills Studios
Three Mill Lane
E3 3DU

HACKNEY WICK
Saturday 22 August
11am – 5pm
We’ll be popping-up in and around Hackney Wick and Fish Island – please contact us for full details.

QUEEN ELIZABETH
OLYMPIC PARK
Sunday 30 August
& Monday 31 August
10am – 5pm
Part of the Spark Festival on the South Lawn at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (just south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, E20 2AD)

This is part of wider consultation process that is being undertaken to support the development of the UCL East masterplan, phase one detailed design and the associated planning application being submitted late 2016.

For more details contact Soundings on:
Email: UCLEast@soundingsoffice.com
Phone: 020 7729 1705


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This relates to more than just Chobham Manor but it seemed like a good thread to put this in.

Olympicopolis £1.3 billion vision


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Images of ‘culture quarter’ unveiled for anniversary of 2012 opening ceremony


#18

http://www.alliesandmorrison.com/project/stratford-waterfront/ More images and blurb about the development from the architects.


#25

Went to the Stratford Waterfront consultation exhibition, what struck me with the models was how out of place the ‘Smithsonian’ cube was, a bad tooth in the middle of a smile. The site faces southwest, yet all this ugly block does is break up the river following curve of the other buildings and create a shadowed area behind. What could be a warm sunny public space is going to be in shadow in the afternoons and evenings just when people want to sit outside and enjoy the sunset. With the ‘Smithsonian’ moving to a wing the V&A they do not even have a tenant for that block at the moment.

I was assured that they were not trying to create another Southbank (they make the comparison in their own brochure), but are trying to copy and paste some exemplar public buildings other places to the site. To me it does look like a brick version of the Southbank. The ‘lace’ brickwork of the ULA is OK but the rest is uninspiring and in stark contrast to Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics center, it’s almost as if they’ve given up in the face of such stiff competition.

There is going to be a new bridge to the International Quarter for East Village dwellers, however one of the guys I spoke to was wittering on about making it permeable to Carpenters Road!? As if this was somehow a means of access to the residents of Stratford. I pointed out there is nothing on Carpenters Road, it will be services for the waterfront and the other side of the road is the railway with no room for building/parking and no reason for pedestrians to be there.


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UCL East [URL=“http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/~/media/lldc/olympicopolis/ucl%20east/2175%20stage%202%20exhibition%20boards_final%20for%20web_160216.pdf”]2nd stage[/URL] consultation.


#27

The desire line from under the rail bridge at Carpenters Road is going to be built over, I was assured that the public could walk through the new building but not West Ham supporters and it would be closed at night as no one would want people from old Stratford walking that way at night despite the new Carpenters entrance to the station opening meaning this would be the quickest access route for students.

One of the guys I spoke to enthusiastically pointed out that the student residential towers were going to be arranged in such a way to ensure it was visible down the Carpenters Road from Stratford High Street. I agreed it was good, but what was the point because once you get under the rail bridge and viaduct you are greeted with the back of a building, he assured me that it was not the back of the building so I asked where were the service areas going to be located for the deliveries and waste removal bike storage etc. Not on the Pool Road frontage apparently so that leaves pedestrians being greeted with the back end of the buildings.

Footfall is only going to increase from Stratford High Street, Carpenters Estate hasn’t been developed yet, new student blocks on the High Street and the new Carpenters station entrance all being squeezed through the pinch point of Carpenters Road. It’s a shame as Wilmer Lea Road through Carpenters Estate leads in a natural step free curve from Stratford High Street, under the bridge along the promenade in front of the Aquatics Centre to Stratford Waterfront and be a perfect alternative to the towering steps of Westfield.

All in all just what I expected, the juggernaut rolls on with little attempt at integration with old Stratford, in fact on inspecting the models and plans the proposals are very mediocre and inward looking with it’s back turned to old Stratford. Considering the new links to the other side of the park, the Stratford side is very poorly integrated. I would encourage everyone to go just to shake them out of their smugness, they really can’t cope with well reasoned argument, I may even return for some more fun.