A unique and innovative centre for interdisciplinary research, teaching and training in architectural, engineering, heritage and performance-based futures.
UCL Here East is a centre for cross-disciplinary research and teaching, shared between various UCL’s departments, including the Bartlett School of Architecture, and Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. The co-location of facilities offers UCL opportunities to develop new research, teaching and enterprise programmes, supported by an innovative, unique and flexible building.
The designs bring together a number of different activities, facilities and users, offering UCL a real opportunity to develop brand new research, teaching and enterprise programmes, taking advantage of their potential to lead the field. The proposals will provide bespoke environments for specific needs, but above this it will provide a visionary platform for interaction between activities. It will encourage public engagement and offer UCL their first outpost in East London.
The Big Idea
Located within the Olympic Park’s former Broadcast Centre, Here East provides a platform to facilitate UCL’s future expansion into East London. Hawkins\Brown’s work on numerous projects within UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus, including a new £25m building for the Bartlett School of Architecture, has proved an invaluable asset in understanding the complex activities proposed at UCL Here East.
The proposals balance a number of exciting activities: one half of the space provides an advance, large-volume testing and manufacturing facility for robotics, environmental and structural engineering research; the other half is defined by a 300 person auditorium, a new Institute of Real Estate, design studios, offices, laboratories and a public gallery.
The Small Detail
The thoughtful design promotes visibility between all areas of the spaces, whilst paying particular attention to the quality and performance of acoustics, ventilation, lighting, and thermal performance.