East Bank

What is East Bank?

East Bank is a new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is a unique collaboration between world-leading universities, arts and culture institution that opens up opportunities for everyone who visits, lives and works in east London.

The Mayor of London has set out his £1.1 billion vision that represents the most significant single investment in London’s culture since the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition, and will shape the cultural life of the city for the 21st century and beyond.

Over the coming years, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome new sites for Sadler’s Wells, BBC Music and the V&A (in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution), as well as University College London and University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion


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East Bank - Stratford Waterfront

Impression of Stratford waterfront. Copyright LLDC.

University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion will create a new campus for 6,500 students and staff with state-of-the-art facilities including public open spaces, galleries, library and archives.
Sadler’s Wells will build a 550-seat theatre presenting the best dance from the UK and around the world, a choreographic centre and a hip-hop theatre academy with engagement programmes for artists, audiences and local communities.
The BBC will build a new home for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC singers and rock and pop recording facilities with access to the public for performances.

The V&A, including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, will create a new museum to explore the V&A’s renowned collection, a co-curated space with the Smithsonian, pioneering exhibitions, gallery displays and spaces for community-led projects.

East Bank - UCL East

Impression of the UCL building. Copyright LLDC.

UCL East will be a pioneering new campus in the south of the park in the largest single expansion since UCL was founded nearly 200 years ago. The two buildings will include cutting-edge laboratories and research space, state-of-the-art teaching facilities, student accommodation and accessible public spaces. The campus space will break down conventional barriers across research, education, innovation and public engagement, and enable local collaborations with schools, charities and community organisations.

East Bank - the V&A Collection and Research Centre at Here East

A world-class collection and research centre will open up the V&A’s extensive collections with unprecedented access to thousands of objects not currently on display. This major new resource will be a creative sourcebook for all, from school pupils and students to makers, creatives and researchers, as well as local communities and businesses, and visitors from across the country and around the world.

East Bank STEP interns

London Legacy Development Corporation, the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, along with the Foundation for Future London and Create Jobs have teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to fund an exciting international experience for local residents aged 18-30 years old.

Through a programme of talks, visits and workshops, and a live content brief, it is for individuals who want to build their skills and connections to kick-start a career in museums.

Meet Iguette, Abondance, Mohammed and Chess; the STEP into the Smithsonian 2019 interns, and find out more about their experiences in their blog here.

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