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University Square Stratford, the new collaboration between the University of East London and Birkbeck College, University of London reached an important milestone this month as the £18m multifunction new build project reached its “topping off” stage.

AWW were appointed by Volker Fitzpatrick to complete the detailed design and work with them to deliver the new 5 storey building which will house the School of Law and Institute of Performing Arts.

Project Architect, Charles Jordan, says “this milestone is testament to the hard work and diligence of all involved. The University Square, Stratford is well on its way to being a landmark building for the University of East London and Birkbeck College.”

Professor Patrick McGhee, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London, spoke about providing education to disadvantaged communities living in East London, and of “an unbeatable partnership” between UEL and Birkbeck. He said: “I am delighted to be here in Stratford. We really are at the centre of regeneration in terms of transport, sport and commerce. There is a strong sense of community regeneration here.”

The state of the art building is in the heart of Stratford’s cultural quarter – a short walk from Stratford’s transport hub, the Westfield Shopping Centre and the Olympic stadium and it promises to create an educational legacy in an area already benefiting from the regeneration linked to London 2012.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, has also backed the new campus. He said: “The new education hub by Birkbeck and University of East London is an exciting addition to the world class facilities already available in Newham. The new campus will not only create a wealth of benefits for the local area, the borough and East London but will also inspire our residents to upskill, and enhance their employment opportunities helping to provide a lasting legacy for the community.”

Facilities at University Square Stratford will include a dynamic Learning Centre, performing arts rehearsal and theatre space, student support centre, and 300–seat lecture theatre. Undergraduate subjects offered by Birkbeck when the new campus opens next autumn will include Business, IT, Life Sciences, Management and Social Science.

The new building is due to open in Summer 2013.