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East Bank Partnership

We are a part of the East Bank partnership, connecting local communities to the new global centre creativity, learning and innovation being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. It is a unique collaboration between world-leading universities, arts and culture institution, which will open up opportunities for everyone who visits, lives and works in east London.

East Bank will be spread across three sites: UCL East, UCL’s new campus; Stratford Waterfront, consisting of Sadler’s Wells, BBC, V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and UAL’s London College of Fashion; and Here East, which will include the V&A's new Collection and Research Centre and an existing space for UCL.

The scheme will receive £385 million from the Mayor of London and £151 million from Government, and it will provide skills and jobs for local people, bring over 10,000 students to the site, and attract thousands of visitors from London and beyond. East Bank will help to cement the capital’s reputation as a world leader in culture, education and innovation creating 2,500 jobs, £1.5 billion of economic benefit and 600 new homes.

East Bank will build on the area’s existing creative credentials. East Bank partners have been building relationships and delivering projects with the thriving arts, fashion and community organisations based in the area, including the artist community in Hackney Wick, East London Dance, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Studio Wayne McGregor and many more.

Work is now well underway at Stratford Waterfront and UCL East to build the new culture and education district and visitors to the Park can see the new buildings emerging from the ground.

Foundation for FutureLondon and East Bank partners are hard at work connecting with local organisations and community groups to ensure that they shape what is offered at East Bank and that they can benefit from the many opportunities that will be created.


Key facts about East Bank

  • East Bank will bring an additional 1.5 million visitors to the Park and surrounding area each year

  • More than 2,500 jobs will be created in East Bank, and an estimated £1.5 billion generation for the local economy

  • Sadler's Wells East will open a 550-seat theatre and establish a new centre for choreographic practice and a hip hop academy, both of which will be the first of their kind in the country

  • UAL's London College of Fashion will integrate its six sites onto one campus, accommodating 6,500 students with their world-leading research community, business incubation and social enterpise centres

  • V&A East will display its world-famous collections at two sites with a new museum at Stratford Waterfront and the V&A Collection and Research at Here East

  • The Smithsonian Institution will establish a presence in London for the first time ever, in partnership with the V&A

  • The state of the art BBC music studios will provide a hub from which to celebrate music of all genres

  • UCL will create a new campus, UCL East, providing multi-disciplinary research, teaching and innovation, in areas such as robotics, smart cities, culture and conservation, for around 4,000 students