Contractor to be appointed to £200m first phase this summer

Marshgate i

University College London has been given the go ahead to build its UCL East campus in Stratford.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gave the scheme, the single biggest expansion since the university was founded almost 200 years ago, the nod earlier this week.

The new campus will be delivered in phases under a masterplan drawn up by LDA Design.

Construction of phase one will start in 2019 and will consist of more than 50,000sq m of development across two buildings. 

The detailed design and public consultation for these buildings is currently in progress.

The first building, known as Pool Street West, is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2021 academic year.

The second building, currently known as Marshgate I (pictured), will have a phased opening, starting in September 2022.

It has been revealed that five firms including Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine will find out this summer who has won the £200m deal to build Marshgate I at the east London campus.

The pair are joined on the shortlist by Lendlease, Mace and Bouygues with all five picking up tender documents last  week.

The building has been designed by Stanton Williams, a former Stirling Prize winner, and will be a new 35,000sq m research, innovation and teaching building. 

UCL East, which is being built close to Zaha Hadid’s aquatics centre, is part of the wider Olympicopolis cultural and arts project on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park first proposed by former London mayor Boris Johnson.

The neighbouring Stratford Waterfront project for Sadler’s Wells theatre, the London College of Fashion and the V&A museum is being designed by Allies & Morrison, O’Donnell & Tuomey and Arquitecturia.