UCL and V&A to Create ‘Olympicopolis’

UCL and V&A reveal plans for a new creative hub within the Olympic Park

University College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum have started drawing up plans to build new sites at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 the government said it was supporting the London Legacy Development Corporation and mayor of London Boris Johnson to develop a higher education and cultural quarter on the park in partnership with UCL and the V&A.


The new sites would be built adjacent to the Stratford waterfront on land between the Olympic stadium and Stratford station. UCL’s initial plans would expand its campus beyond its current base in Bloomsbury and could include a centre for culture and heritage, a design school, a new biotech hub and an educational technology centre. A new site for the V&A would enable more of its permanent collection to be displayed as well as providing a showcase for temporary exhibitions. It also plans to build a centre for research and conservation.

UCL expect the finishing date for this project to be around 2020..

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