The University of East London's Docklands campus was the first new university campus to be built in London for over fifty years. In autumn 1999, the University moved 2400 students to the Royal Albert Dock, once the world's longest dock, in a classic exercise of brownfield urban regeneration to begin to unlock the Thames Gateway redevelopment.
The new University Campus and Technology Centre, consists of 3 four-storey academic buildings, 10 residential accommodation buildings, teaching and learning resource centre, business start-up units, research areas, library and lecture theatre, and high quality hard landscape areas. It is located in London Docklands, opposite London City Airport. The University provides facilities for 3000 students together with professional development courses. It was short-listed for Building of the Year in 2001. The project was designed by Edward Cullin Architects and Livingston Eyre (landscape architects); the main contractors were Turner & Townsend. The total cost was £40million.
The campus is designed with a high performance low energy fresh air delivery system, allowing windows to be shut to keep out the noise from the City Airport opposite. This highly flexible campus is focused on a pedestrian square facing south onto the Dock. Its 384 student rooms are gathered in brightly painted paired drums along the dockside in front of the main academic buildings. Its iconic forms have been successful in promoting both the University and regeneration for the whole area. The Campus was officially opened in 2000 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on his very first day in office.
(Photograph courtesy of UEL. Text from UEL/contractors)