UCL East wins Planning Awards recognition
UCL East was highly commended in the Stakeholder Engagement category at this year’s Planning Awards.
Two other LDA Design projects were also shortlisted for awards: Church Street masterplan with Westminster City Council and Peter Brett Associates; and Community Planning in Central Bedfordshire with Central Bedfordshire Council.
A transformational approach
UCL East forms part of the next major phase of a globally significant legacy within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, providing a new campus for University College London (UCL) that complements its central London Bloomsbury Campus.
It represents the largest ever, single expansion of UCL since the University was founded nearly 200 years ago.
UCL’s new campus is a radical new model of how a university campus can be embedded within the local community, as an inviting and inclusive institution. It will also provide world-leading research and education accompanied by entrepreneurship and innovation, encouraging new socio-economic opportunities.
The design thinking behind the masterplan is based on a positive and thorough consultation process. LDA Design worked with engagement specialists, Soundings, to carry out extensive community consultation to inform the plan.
Over 4,800 people were engaged in total through 49 events, including exhibitions, pop-up events, local schools and youth sessions, workshops, stakeholder events, and local outreach sessions.
At each stage, a wide range of consultation tools were used to engage and inform during pop-up events to raise awareness, public exhibitions and workshops, walkabouts, group sessions and targeted outreach including interactive comment boards, to-scale models, virtual reality and cargo bike. The feedback was very positive – with 82% of respondents excited or positive about the plans.