London Legacy Development Corporation lodges plans for cultural instititions and 600 homes

The London Legacy Development Corporation has submitted a planning application for Stratford Waterfront, as part of its £1.1bn plans for the East Bank regeneration at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Stratford Waterfront, which has been masterplanned by Allies & Morrison, will be home to the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UAL’s London College of Fashion and the BBC, as well as a new residential neighbourhood.

Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at the LLDC, said: “This announcement takes us another step closer to realising one of the most ambitious and largest culture and education investments the capital has ever seen, creating thousands of jobs and huge opportunities in the heart of east London.”

The plans include a 550-seat theatre, centre for choreography and a hip hop academy for Sadler’s Wells, designed by O’Donnell & Tuomey, as well as an Allies & Morrison-designed hub for UAL’s London College of Fashion, which will integrate six college sites on to one campus.

V&A East, which will include a co-curated programme with the Smithsonian, has also been designed by O’Donnell & Tuomey, while the BBC’s new east London base, designed by Allies & Morrison, will be home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers as well as the BBC’s Rock & Pop studio.

The proposals also include a new Allies & Morrison-designed residential neighbourhood, with 600 new homes including 35% affordable housing.

Subject to planning, Stratford Waterfront is expected to open from 2022.

The planning application follows the planning consent for a new campus at UCL East which was granted permission earlier this year, and the launch of the V&A Collection and Research Centre at Here East, the former Olympic media centre, earlier this month. The V&A is now looking for a contractor for the collection centre.