The Olympic Park located in Stratford and built for the 2012 Summer Olympics is to house 5,500 fashion students and more than 500 staff. The move allows the university to unite various fashion courses including journalism, photography, media production, curation and marketing at one venue.
The institution plans to invest a quarter of a billion pounds, or $363 million, in the project over the next seven years. The new 322,917 square foot space will be designed by Allies and Morrison Architects and is to include a fashion business school, a research community, a social enterprise center and a fashion incubator.
“The school really divides into three: so you have a business school; a school devoted to media and communication; and one devoted to design and technology,” said head of college and pro-vice chancellor Frances Corner.
“Because we do everything from journalism, garment technology, pattern cutting, making shoes to an EMBA strategic fashion management, it means that we’re able to connect to a whole range of industries in east London in particular because obviously east London has this great history of producing fashion.
“In addition, we know the way the industries are developing now is very different: the whole microbusinesses, the sort of opportunities that are coming from the co-location of different subjects and different disciplines together,” added Corner. “That’s really what the Olympic Park is presenting. In a way, we will be able to create and develop jobs that nobody has even thought about now.”
The school has submitted development designs for planning permissions this year. Construction should start in 2018 with the relocation three years later from sites at John Princes Street, Mare Street, Lime Grove, Curtain Road, Golden Lane and High Holborn.
While the building situated at High Holborn is under the University of the Arts London, the LCF courses taught there will move to Stratford. The campus is scheduled to open in September 2021.
The school plans to collaborate with a series of partners including LLDC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UCL, Here East, Newham College, Poplar HARCA on events, joint educational programs and gallery and museum activities.
Established in 1986, the University of the Arts London is comprised of six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, the London College of Communication, the London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.