Stratford Waterfront at East Bank

Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London, unveiled today his vision for East Bank, the largest cultural investment in London since the 1950s. At the heart of East Bank is Stratford Waterfront, a new terrace of cultural and educational buildings designed by a team of Allies and Morrison with O’Donnell + Toumey, Camps Felip Arquitecturia and LDA Design. It will bring together a new home for the London College of Fashion – uniting its six London locations in one; Sadler’s Wells East – a new dance and performance venue; V&A East – a gallery with content co-curated with the Smithsonian Institution; and a new home for BBC Music. At the heart of the project’s intent is the need for it to engage – to be open and relevant to the local community.

The aim has been to create a living piece of city whose diversity, complexity and richness matches its surroundings; that will welcome people in through routes that extend far beyond the site; and whose texture of distinct, characterful buildings reflects both the institutions’ and London’s energy and personality. While each building is unique, there is a shared approach to their materiality. Reflecting the making heritage of the site and east London, embracing the concept of ‘casting’, whether it be concrete, glass, metal, brick or ceramic. The effort has thus far been a deeply collaborative one, informed by extensive consultation with the LLDC, the institutions who will inhabit the buildings, and the public.

Learn more about the project here.