Architect-led tour of Marshgate, UCL East, Thursday 25 April 17.15

Architect-led tour of Marshgate, UCL East, Thursday 25 April 17.15

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Designed by Stanton Williams, Marshgate is a 35,000sqm new academic building at the heart of UCL East — the largest single expansion of University College London since its foundation nearly 200 years ago.

This tour led by architects from Stanton Williams for Open City Friends will take place on Thursday 25th April 2024 starting at 17.15 and lasting until approximately 18.45.

Stanton Williams had the following to say about the project:

Marshgate’s vision is based on the recognition that the answers to the global challenges facing our planet today lie less within traditional disciplines than in the interaction between them. Therefore, to enable new interdisciplinary ways of working, the design focussed on highly flexible spaces that encourage collaboration between teaching and research, academia and the public.

No existing faculty is based at Marshgate. Instead, the building hosts new cross-disciplinary courses, ranging from robotics, green technologies, fair finance and global health; for example, bringing together artists, engineers and computer scientists working on courses that combine technology and art.

Its eight floors are grouped into 'neighbourhoods', each with its own double-height space for informal meetings/exhibitions. The lower levels include a network of publicly accessible spaces with a café, art displays and activities designed to draw the public into the building. Student, academic and research spaces are located on the central floors, with highly specialised laboratories on the upper levels. A central daylit atrium connects all activities vertically, and highly-visible circulation routes create further opportunities for chance encounters and interaction.

Learn more about the project here.

Please note this event is for Open City Friends only, if you'd like to attend but are not a Friend, you can join our membership scheme here and access our year-round programme.