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Monday28 July 2014

UCL students pledge to carry on Stratford protests

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Sit-in ended after threat of court action

Students occupying part of University College London have been forced to leave after the university threatened them with legal action.

Up to 50 students had occupied a function room called the Garden Room in the Wilkins Building as part of a protest against the university’s decision to relocate some of its campus to east London.

The move would see more than 300 households evicted from the Carpenters Estate under plans drawn up by the university and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

Protesting students left the building late last Friday night after the university was given a High Court order earlier in the day telling them to go or face action later this week. But students have vowed to carry on with their campaign and a student spokesman said: “This is just the starting point.”

A number of staff have also joined students in voicing their opposition to the plan and last week a meeting of the UCL Council heard from opponents of the scheme for the first time.

UCL is advertising for a masterplanner for the 23ha project near the Olympic Park. Firms have been given until December 20 to submit completed PPQs with a shortlist of five practices or teams drawn up early in the new year.

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