Images show the new spaces for institutions including the V&A, UAL’s London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells · Design team led by Allies and Morrison and includes RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners O’Donnell and Tuomey · Outline planning application expected to be submitted in December 2016

New images of Stratford Waterfront, part of the exciting new education and cultural district, Olympicopolis, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been published today. The images have been created as part of the master planning for the site and show how the world leading institutions will combine on the site. 
Stratford Waterfront site is situated next to the London Aquatics Centre and will see a new V&A for east London, a 600-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells, a new campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion and a residential development. Talks are also continuing with the Smithsonian Institution to open its first permanent museum outside of the United States on the site.
The design of Stratford Waterfront is the work of a team of renowned architects, designers and master planners led by Allies and Morrison, including RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners O’Donnell and Tuomey, and Arquitecturia. 
The design will be further developed during 2016, leading to the submission of a detailed planning application at the end of the year. 
Olympicopolis is the next stage in the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will create around 3,000 jobs, attract 1.5 million visitors a year and deliver a £2.8bn boost to the economy of Stratford and the surrounding communities. 
David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said:

“Our tremendously exciting plans to create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward in leaps and bounds. These new images really start to give life to the project; which will help create new jobs, provide a huge boost to the east London economy as well as attracting an additional 1.5 million visitors to the Park.”  

In addition to the Stratford Waterfront site the wider Olympicopolis scheme includes a new campus for UCL (University College London) to the south of the ArcelorMittal.  

The leading institutions that will open new spaces on Stratford Waterfront are:

  • Sadler’s Wells will open a new venue designed to serve contemporary dance-makers and its growing audiences, extending the range of work the dance house can commission, produce and tour. The space will include a 600-seat theatre, facilities for a Choreographic School and a Hip Hop Academy and flexible ‘making’ spaces for research, development and production of dance work.
  • UAL’s London College of Fashion plans to build on the College's East End heritage, creating an East London fashion cluster through education, research, enterprise and its Better Lives programme.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum will create V&A East, a new museum to showcase its world-class collections of design, art, architecture and performance. It will be a new kind of civic building weaving together spaces for collections, learning, contemporary design practice, conservation and research, with public participation at its heart. 

The remaining Olympicopolis partner is UCL (University College London) which will open UCL East on a waterside site to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit: 

  • UCL is creating UCL East, which will develop a new model of how a university campus can be embedded in the local community and with businesses, as well as providing world-leading research, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. The UCL East campus will open during 2019/20. 

Building work on Stratford Waterfront is due to start in 2018 and Stratford Waterfront will open in 2020/21. 

The Legacy Corporation will start preliminary market consultations to inform the approach to the construction works contracts in April 2016.   

Details will be published via the Official Journal of the European Union and the LLDC website. 

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For more information contact the Press Office at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on +44 (0) 20 3734 9010 or email [email protected] 

View new images of Stratford Waterfront here.