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UCL’s flagship Marshgate building is now open.

UCL East Marshgate.

This landmark 35,000-square-metre scheme – which is designed by architect Stanton Williams, as UCL’s largest single building to date – forms part of the masterplanned East Bank cultural, innovation and learning cluster at London’s world-famous Olympic legacy development zone.

In the Stratford area of east London, the new Marshgate building delivers eight floors of open and adaptable space for teaching, research and collaboration, as the pioneering new academic hub for the masterplanned UCL East campus. Strategically, the project brings students, academics and the public together to solve the biggest challenges facing both people and the planet.

AKT II has accordingly supported UCL, in collaboration with Stanton Williams, Mace and the wider design and delivery team, in realising the building’s many state-of-the-art spaces; the objective is to accelerate breakthroughs in areas such as robotics, AI, ecology, sustainable cities, green manufacturing, decarbonised transport, assistive technology, fair finance and global health, while encouraging interconnected modes of working so that new disciplines and research avenues can emerge.

UCL East is the first of five world-renowned institutions who are setting up at East Bank. The new Marshgate facility will soon be joined by the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) later this month, by Sadler’s Wells East in 2024 and by both V&A East and BBC Music Studios in 2025.

Together with the recently completed One Pool Street (which AKT II has also designed), the new Marshgate building marks the completion of the UCL East campus’ first phase.

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