Discover the East Bank development London
East Bank London is set to become the new cultural heart of London, bringing some big names to the waterfront of Stratford London.
The East Bank development will welcome organisations such as BBC Music, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London College of Fashion and the V&A museum, bringing an estimated 1.5 million visitors to the area and more than 2,500 jobs.
As more and more announcements are made about the organisations who will call East Bank London their new home, we’ve rounded up the names who have confirmed their arrival here to explain a little more about what they’ll be bringing to the area.
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Sadler’s Wells Theatre is the world’s number one venue dedicated to international dance – from ballet to hip hop, their students learn it all.
Their current theatre is in Clerkenwell, London but they will soon be expanding to the East Bank development in Stratford. The new theatre will comprise of a 550-seat theatre, a new studio for dance practice and a dedicated hip-hop academy – the first of its kind in the UK.
The new theatre is set to open in 2022 and will offer a year-round programme of dance as well as community events and more.
London College of Fashion
The London College of Fashion will also be opening at East Bank London in 2022, amalgamating its current six sites into one larger campus.
The new college building will be home to 6,500 students who will benefit from a world-leading research community, social enterprise centres and learning hubs.
Their aim is to drive impactful research to promote change and innovation, as well as build better lives for a sustainable and socially conscious future.
The new campus will provide new opportunities to students and allow them to work with expert digital developers, designers, psychologists and marketing theorists. To find out more about the new campus, visit the UAL website.
V&A and the Smithsonian
The popular V&A museum will open two inter-connected sites in the area – one at the East Bank development and another research centre at nearby Here East.
Due to open in 2023, the V&A will also host a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum and research complex in the world.
The V&A will showcase its world-famous collections at the museums which will become a popular spot for tourists to visit and provide a place for young people and communities to develop creative and research skills.
To find out more and get an idea of what the new complex will look like, visit the V&A museum’s website.
University College London
The East Bank development will also welcome a brand new University College London campus to the area.
The new campus will combine eight UCL faculties, comprised of around 4,000 students and 260 staff members. As well as this, the ground and first floor of each building will be designed to encourage members of the public to visit and work their too.
The buildings will create 50,000 square meters of space – or the equivalent of 7 professional football pitches. That’s a lot of space! This will be made up of research space and student accommodation as well as retail and community engagement space.
BBC Music Studios
As part of the Stratford East Bank Development, the BBC Music Studios will be making a move too.
The brand-new music studios will allow for state of the art music recording, rehearsal studios and a purpose built base for the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras.
The BBC will also begin community engagement and collaborations with local schools as well as making digital resources available to all schools in the UK. They’ll continue to support music with live events such as the BBC Proms and recordings from various BBC radio channels.
To find out more about the BBC’s move to Stratford, visit their website.