�33m university project revealed

The design of a �33 million, first-of-its-kind university building planned for Stratford has been revealed.

The joint UEL, University of London and Birkbeck scheme for University Square was launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson at a ceremony attended by Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sir Robin said: “We are delighted with this initiative between the two universities.

“This new facility built in Newham will help our residents to develop their skills and careers, while highlighting the borough as a beacon for further education.”

The project, which will provide part-time and full-time study facilities for 3,400 adults, is the first time two higher education institutions have worked together to create a shared building.

Mr Johnson said the scheme would act as a “magnet” for students in East London and “help secure the regeneration” of Stratford for “decades to come”. Designed by Make architects, the five-floor, 8,600 sq m facility, is orientated around a large, light filled atrium, and will house flexible teaching and performance spaces, as well as offices, a reception area, student advice centre, IT helpdesk, cafe and small library.

Building work on the project, which was given planning go ahead in November 2010, will start in July in order to prepare for its launch in autumn 2013.

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Make architect James Taylor said: “There are exciting ambitions for this area of Stratford and we are thrilled to be working on such an important education facility in the locality.

“We’re really looking forward to delivering it.”