UEL Docklands Campus
Phase 1 of the Docklands Campus, on the Royal Albert Dock on the Thames, provides teaching and support accommodation for 2,400 students in eight departments from engineering to art and design, residential accommodation for 384 students, plus 28 business start-up units within the main academic building.
A range of academic spaces are composed around an enclosed linear street to maximise flexibility. The lecture theatres on the ground floor face south over the dock. Two floors of offices above are topped with design studios.
The heart of the University, the main square, provides facilities such as a cafe, bar, Muslim prayer room, autobank, shop and main reception, while also giving shelter on this exposed site.
The student rooms are gathered in ten brightly painted, paired towers along the dock edge in front of the higher main facade of the academic accommodation.
The £33m Develop and Construct contract for the 19,300sqm Phase 1 was adopted as Demonstration Project No.49 within the Movement for Innovation. The scheme, nominated by Carillion, provided zero defects on completion, innovative supply chain management procedures and delivery of the project in 18 months within budget.