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UAL Alumni in Australia Exhibition: Interchange

Australia UAL Group Exhibitio

We are delighted to announce the launch of an exhibition showcasing works by University of the Arts London alumni from all over Australia, curated by the UAL Alumni Australia Group.

The exhibition will include examples of commercial design projects in fashion, film, print, industrial, graphic and interaction design by the following designers: Jeremy Blank (Media Artist), Gillian Jo Chiao Fang (Conceptual Designer), Prof. Lyndon Anderson (Industrial Designer), Dr Lisa Scharoun (Graphic Designer), Dr Fanke Peng (Digital Fashion and Interaction Design), Melissa Jackson (Milliner) and Kyle Portbury (Filmmaker).

The exhibition will run from 12 – 30 September, at the Gallery of Australian Design, and there will be a special opening event will be on Friday 11 September, from 19.00 – 21.00, which all UAL alumni and guests are encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions about the exhibition, or the UAL alumni group you can get in touch with them at

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion feature in top 10 fashion schools worldwide

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion have been listed in the top 10 fashion schools worldwide for undergraduate courses in the first Business of Fashion (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings. Both colleges are also listed in the top five for postgraduate fashion courses.

Late At Tate 6 June 2014 Richard Eaton (2)

The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings feature the top 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate fashion programmes in the world. The new rankings are based on BoF analysis of 60 data points collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, a survey of more than 4,000 fashion students and alumni, plus a survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers. Each course was evaluated on three different areas of global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington said: “To have two UAL colleges – Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion – placed so highly in these rankings further reiterates UAL’s position as a world-class provider of fashion education. It’s particularly rewarding to be recognised by rankings which are based on the views of students and alumni as well as fashion influencers. UAL alumni have a huge influence on the fashion industry, making up more than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week this year alone, and based on the quality of our recently-graduated students’ work it’s a trend I predict will continue.”

LCF mens

Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Course Director and Fashion Programme Director Willie Walters said of the results: “I’m very pleased to see the results of the BoF fashion school rankings. These results are a genuine tribute to our dedicated staff team.”

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course Director Fabio Piras said: “I am honoured by the MA Fashion course’s results in the BoF fashion school rankings and take it as an immense accolade for the entire team. Our work is to educate with honesty and passion, to enhance and nurture qualities that enable to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life. We define ourselves as being at the origin of the careers of many influencers working in an industry context worldwide and we want to see our graduates continue to shape the future of the fashion industry. Their success can be seen in their work both for major labels internationally and under their own names.”

UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion Frances Corner said: “We are delighted to be included as one of the top ten schools in BoF’s global fashion school rankings. This ranking reflects London College of Fashion, UAL’s positioning as a leading global provider of fashion education, research and consultancy. Building upon our achievements this year we will continue to nurture the future of fashion through our specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses and initiatives such as our Fashion Business School. We very much welcome BoF’s new education focus and look forward to using it as a platform for sharing specialist knowledge.”

Top photo credit: Richard Eaton

Open Call for Works: Submission to be Exhibited at the UK Dark Matters Label Showcase Event

Dark Matters

Want to exhibit your work in a creative and collaborative environment?

Dark Matters (a record label and visual project founded by Amirali) is providing the opportunity for current UAL students, and UAL alumni who graduated in the last three years to exhibit their work in a gallery in East London, as part of a series of events which will fuse live performances and art that express the dark and psychedelic concept behind the label.

With the aim of releasing original material from live acts and Amirali’s own productions, the scope of Dark Matters is broad, ranging from techno to abstract pop and ambient.  Dark Matter’s ethos is to develop unique fledgling artists in an attempt to introduce new perspectives and ideas in the music/performance world, and so the label is offering this great opportunity to all UAL recent graduates (within three years) of any discipline to exhibit works that capture the conceptual theme of the label and event, creating a synergy between musical performances and mixed-media artworks.

The label will consider all forms of works- installations, interactive media, projections, photography, sculpture and paintings; the only consideration is that the works will be in a gallery setting during live musical performances. A particular interest will be placed on works which may interact with the musicians on the night in some way, but this is by no means essential. If you feel that two or three of your works as a series would be suitable then feel free to suggest this too.

Areas of interest include:

  • Black Holes
  • Galaxies and distant nebulae
  • The invisible; you can’t see but you can feel.
  • Mysterious
  • The exciting unknown
  • Psychedelic
  • Abstract thoughts
  • Existentialism

The selected works will be exhibited in a beautiful venue with full artist credit including contact details for selling works, and will be published on our website and social media. Selected artists and works will also be included in press coverage.

For the most exiting works chosen for this event, costs will be reimbursed and we shall be awarding up to £500 in commissions. Works will not be retained by Dark Matters- the commissions awarded will be only for the use of content at this event. With your additional permission we also are looking to retain unsuccessful works to be placed into a pool with the option that we may request to exhibit again at future global events, so even if you’re unsuccessful, you may be contacted regarding future global events and opportunities, such a Vinyl Record design and inlays.

Dark Matters


How to Apply:

To apply please email a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, contact details and website address.
  • A short statement explaining what you propose in this commission and how it fits in with the label/events’ theme (300 words max). If you want to propose existing completed works, please provide examples/photos/videos.
  • Provide examples of two pieces of your recent work that you are most proud of (200 words max).
  • Provide evidence of your current work/portfolio in the following form: 2 x links to your work uploaded to You Tube/Vimeo or website/blog.
  • Summary of cost (if any) to install works.
  • Please submit a PDF or .doc file no larger than 20MB.

Works will be selected by a Panel containing label employees and industry professionals.

Send applications to with ‘Dark Matters Label Event Artist proposal’ as the subject line.

Application is by email only. If you have any additional questions please get in touch.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been chosen no later than week commencing 9th Oct 2015. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we may not be able to provide feedback for all applications.

Applications open to alumni who graduated in 2012 and onwards.

Open Call for works- Dark Maters Label UK showcase (PDF 401KB)

UAL leads unique design project to improve youth mental health

UAL has led a ground-breaking new design project in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), using art and design to explore young people’s experiences of mental health services and how they can be improved.

UAL Early Lab is a new initiative led by UAL Chair of Communication Design Nick Bell and Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor Fabiane Lee-Perrella, giving UAL students the opportunity to collaborate across the University to use design to drive social change.


UAL Early Lab students 

UAL Early Lab’s first project opportunity saw students and academics spend a week working closely alongside NSFT’s clinicians and members of its Youth Council, made up of young service-users in Norfolk and Suffolk, exploring issues around mental health using design techniques such as storyboarding and stop-frame animation.

The UAL team presented its findings to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups from across Norfolk. Their recommendations include:

• decentralising and distributing the service across the sparsely populated region

• offering a mobile and pop-up service for the convenience of users – where they are

• connecting to users through a new online platform designed to speak in their voice

• providing information, access to services and youth provisions through the online platform

• creating a seamless, integrated service across health, social care, education and youth justice

• concentrating on prevention, awareness and early intervention, especially in schools

• normalising mental health in schools.

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust/UAL Early Lab

UAL Early Lab co-founders Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella 

Following the success of the presentation and overall collaboration, NSFT commissioners are planning to use the findings in the imminent transformation of services for young people, and also to influence practice further afield.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director (Research) at NSFT Dr Jon Wilson said:

“I’m very excited by this project. I think it will give us the ammunition to drive change forward in Norfolk mental health services for young people. And because of links nationally, I think we can use that to articulate this around the whole of the country and start to give people the confidence that things can be different.”

UAL Chair of Communication Design and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Nick Bell said:

“I wanted to find an opportunity for students to use design much earlier than usual, right at the start of something. At the start it is possible to address the root causes of social issues and that increases chances of contributing to outcomes that are resilient and sustainable.

“I told Dr Jon Wilson I wanted to take UAL Early Lab to a place where an issue is active and to work responsively with people who endure those issues every day in that place. Jon invited UAL Early Lab to Norfolk to work with NSFT’s Youth Council. Having a group of young, talented UAL students collaborating with his bright, young service users very much appealed to him.”

NSFT Youth Council member and service user Katie-Louise Davis said of the experience:

“This was such a new and different concept to work with. I feel that the fact we worked together so well is amazing and shows that two passions; mental health and art and design, can collide to form something beneficial and inspiring.”

London College of Fashion MA Fashion Futures graduate Kat Thiel said:

“For us it was amazing to actually have hands-on experience where you are really grasping what it is to socially interact and to socially design.”

Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Fabiane Lee-Perrella said:

“So called ‘Design Thinking’ removes making from the design process – the supposedly intimidating bit. UAL Early Lab places making at the centre of our connection with people. We use processes of making to unlock personal capacities.

“We collected information from the bottom to the top and we wove all this information through with the perspective of the outsider, from the perspective of the maker. We made things and we brought this back to them as a set of proposals and findings they can take forward.”

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust/UAL Early Lab

UAL Early Lab presenting their recommendations to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups

Members of the Youth Council and UAL Early Lab team will present the findings from the project at the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) conference in Montreal, Canada in October.

Videos created by the team about the project can be found on YouTube, and you can also read blog entries written by project participants.

Meet: Manjit Thapp

Manjit graduated from FDA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts this year, and will be joining the BA class next year…

Manjeet Thapp

Manjeet Thapp

Why did you choose to come to Camberwell?
I chose to come to Camberwell because I knew it was really well known for Illustration.  The course got filled up really quickly so I did the FDA course first, and I am going to join the BA programme next year.  The FDA course has been really good, we were given the opportunity to do a lot of industry briefs, and from this my work has really progressed. My favourite brief was to illustrate for a children’s, but I also had editorial and animation briefs, so I really had the opportunity to try a broad range of types of illustration, and find out what I was good at. I live in Birmingham, and I commute to London every day. It’s only an hour and twenty minutes on the train, and I like going back at the end of the day and having my own space, but I’ve also really enjoyed studying in London, you can visit so many different galleries and museums, I’ve done a lot of that.

Have you enjoyed your time at Camberwell?
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Camberwell so far, it’s been fun, and everyone’s lovely.  I also love the way everyone’s work is so different, so I have really learn from my peers.

Manjeet's final project

Manjeet’s final project

Why did you choose to study illustration?
I chose to study Illustration because I’ve always liked drawing, but I found that fine art isn’t really for me, as I’m not strong on concepts.  I like having the brief set for me and being able to work to that, so I chose Illustration. Saying that, I did come up with the concept for my final project, and I really enjoyed it.  It’s about Seasonal Affective Disorder – I wanted to show the connection between humans and plants, and I chose SAD because there is such a similarity between people who suffer from it and plants going through the changes of season.

What did you find difficult about the course?
At the beginning of second year we were given a lot of really short briefs where we only had two weeks to work on them.  I found it quite challenging – rushing to get everything done, but still wanting it to be to a really good standard, but it was a really good learning experience.

Manjeet's work

What were your highlights of the course?
I have really enjoyed the final project.  It’s been so nice to look back at all the work we’ve done and see how much it’s progressed.  I think my work has got so much better, especially since last year. My other favourite moment of the course was in first year – we went to the British museum and were all given an A3 sketchbook which we were told to fill in one day.  Everyone was really nervous that they wouldn’t be able to do it, but we all did, and it was really fun. I’d never thought of doing anything like that before, so I’ll always remember that.

What tips do you have for the next cohort of FDA Illustration students?
Try and draw as much as you can, even when you’re on holiday. And don’t leave your research to the last minute!

What are you going to do next?
I am joining the BA class next year, which will be one more year.  I’d like to do some more freelance work and just see how it goes. I’m quite interested in children’s illustration, so I want to build up my portfolio and work on that.

Check out Manjit’s website

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Meet: Ashley Buttle

Ashley Buttle

Ashley Buttle

A huge congratulations to Ashley Buttle, who graduated from BA Photography at London College of Communication last Friday.  We met with Ashley to find out more about his time at LCC, his highly acclaimed final project; ‘This Space Contains Work’ and his plans for the future…

What made you chose to study Photography at London College of Communication?

I chose to study at London College of Communication because of a recommendation by an alum of then London College of Printing (now LCC), and because of its really good reputation.

When studying AVCE Art and Design, which was mixed media, I was always drawn to photography. So I studied FdA Photography at the University of Gloucester and then worked for a while. I felt like I wanted to go back and finish my studies, so I joined LCC in the second year.

Did you enjoy the course?

I loved the degree; I took every opportunity I could, including doing a semester in Bielefeld, Germany as part of ERASMUS.  This was really good experience that helped develop my way of working.

I especially enjoyed contextual studies, which was run by Paul Tebbs, who is a theoretical tutor.  He and the module really challenged my perceptions, and changed the way I thought about photography. We were lucky to have guest lecturers such as Craig Smith and Dallas Seitz, which helped give different opinions and perspectives.

What would you say the benefits of studying in London, and in particular LCC?

Studying at LCC has great proximity to galleries – Whitechapel gallery, TATE and Somerset House to name a few… It was also amazing to make use of all the facilities. Every part of my final project was created at the workshops in Elephant & Castle, including book arts, print finishing and reprographics. The graphic design of my book was also done by a LCC MA Graphic Design graduate.

LCC also houses the Photography Archive Research Centre (PARC), run by the well-respected academic, Val Williams who was also available for crits.  I was extremely lucky that Val agree to write the introduction to my book.

I also enjoyed the second year collaboration unit with the BA Sound Arts and Design students. It was in partnership with the National Gallery – one of the lead curators there gave us a brief where we had to respond to the works from the gallery – this was a great chance to work in a different manner.

Tell us about your final project This Space Contains Work…

This Space Contains Work

This Space Contains Work

As a bit of a troublemaker, I was keen to create a project that challenged the notions of the institution. The final major project consisted of a book (edition of 25), installation in two locations, and performance. It responded to photography in many ways without strictly adhering to the traditional ‘photo-essay’ or ‘photo-series’ format. As a result I created bodies of work whose purpose was only to be situated in the book, or a vitrine, and spoken about in the past tense. The work is described or illustrated, but never both at the same time. After completion of the book, copies were donated to libraries and institutions, so that now if you search me on the Tate library, you will find a copy of the book, or if you visit the Whitechapel Gallery Archives it is hidden on the shelves. Two copies were donated into the LCC library, and the Dewey reference code used to catalogue the book was used as the basis for the installation.

During the summer show a plinth holding a glowing plaque, with “709.2 BUT” laser-etched into the surface lay in a custom-built 3×3 meter white space, cordoned off with black rope. By following this clue into the library, you walked past a glass display cabinet, positioned beside other temporary displays of the LCC archive, offering some objects that are discussed in the book. Under shelf-mark 709.2 you could find the book, whose text explores memory, archive, reference, the visual, parody and pastiche. The project’s purpose was to respond to its surroundings, that of the educational frame, and the creation of work within a specified context. The 3x3m installation was positioned on the periphery of the main exhibition, between the main gallery, and the library. The introduction to the book was written by Val Williams, who discusses a project that is mentioned only in the introduction, and neither explained nor illustrated elsewhere, to further play with what can and cannot be explained, understood, or known.

What are your plans after graduation?

I feel like I have really developed from two years ago, the degree has been a steep learning curve.  After graduation I want to continue to work in photography and the arts, but not strictly taking pictures, more responding to images. I am also considering to further my studies.

Inspirational quotes from UAL honourees 2015

Congratulations to the class of 2015 on a fantastic graduation week at the Southbank Centre. Speeches were made, hats were thrown, photos were snapped and the clapping and cheering from proud friends and families nearly took the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

Hat throw - IJ

We had an exceptional list of honorary graduates this year, all of whom had inspiring and energising words of wisdom to pass on to our new graduates. We’ve picked our favourites below.

Bill Amberg: “Remember to look up. Take everything in and make the most of opportunities.”

Zeinab Badawi: “If you are always guided by passion and compassion, you will truly have a life of meaning.”

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Be nice. Your personality is as much a part of your portfolio as your work.”

Simon Costin: “Stay weird and stay wonderful. Come on, class of 2015 – get out there and ruffle some feathers!”

Ilse Crawford: “Ask questions and be curious. Everyone wants to be interesting, but it’s so much better to be interested.”

Tacita Dean: “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take your time.”

Theo Fennell: “You are the luckiest people in the world with your whole creative lives ahead of you.”

Ralph Fiennes: “Let us, as artists, never stop asking questions & provoking each other to interpret.”

Tom Hardy: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Phoebe Philo: “Be brave. Work hard, be true to yourself, and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.”

Peter Saville: “Your education hasn’t finished today. You have just started.”

To get an even better idea of the happy atmosphere of graduation week, you can search for our very popular hashtag #UALgrads on Twitter or on Instagram.

Hat throw 2 - IJ

[Photos by Ivan Jones]

Meet: Alice Bardgett

Alice Bardgett

Alice Bardgett

Alice is graduating today from Chelsea College of Arts with a BA in Textile Design. We met up with Alice during the summer show to talk about her final project, memories from her time at Chelsea, and her future plans…

What made you choose Chelsea to study Textile Design?

I always wanted to come to London, I’m from a small town and London was this big exciting thing to me.  I did my foundation year at Leeds college of Art, and I heard about Chelsea there.  I was drawn to Chelsea because I’d heard that it was less commercial and more creative, and the print pathway was really broad. I also loved the campus; it’s really bright and friendly, and has a really nice feeling.

I really enjoyed the course, especially my final project. It was the most stressful time but also the most rewarding – I was absolutely exhausted by the end, but I also felt really proud of myself.  When I was making the final collection, it was amazing to see it all come together and my vision come to life!

Alice's final project

Alice’s final project

What are your best memories from the course?

One of the highlights of the course was going to Premiere Vision in Paris in second year.  It’s a huge textile fair, and we had our own stall – it was great experience to show our pieces, and the cheap French wine was also great!  This was one of many memories from Chelsea that was really enhanced by the amazing friends I’ve made on the course! Chelsea textiles has given me my best friends for life and I can’t thank it enough for that!

Another great thing is how supportive the staff are, particularly Margret and Harriet in the print room.  They take so much time to help us and really have gone out of their way and taught me so much! I feel like they really do care about us and our work! The print tutors are also fantastic, supportive and genuinely lovely, they really support you in doing whatever direction you want to take weather that’s feathery chiffon gowns or stone sculptures!

The best thing about the course, and particularly final year is just being able to spend all your days doing what you love. Only just now leaving I realise how lucky I was to spend all that time in fantastic studios with great people printing until late and getting really excited about mixing endless beautiful colours in the dye lab. I probably spent 90% of my time here covered in glitter or pink dye! It’s been a dream and I’ll miss it terribly!

Alice's final project

Alice’s final project

What aspects did you find difficult/challenging during your three years here at Chelsea?

When I started in first year I found it quite frustrating to be limited in the time I could use the facilities. But by the time I got to third year, and was given priority, I understood why it’s done this way. When I really needed to use the workshops I could.

If you are thinking about studying textile design at Chelsea you do have to be mindful that it’s a really expensive course to fund.  When I first started and past students told us to expect to spend between £1000-3000 I didn’t believe them. I was convinced that I would do it for cheaper, but when it came down to it I realised that you have to spend to get what you want… I lived on cheese and crackers for a while to fund my silk velvet crop top!

I found it challenging to learn and master all the new techniques I learnt, but I love that kind of challenge! I find it really exciting, and the satisfaction at the end is so worth the struggle!  One of the best feelings ever was finally holding my baby pink and turquoise colour devoreé fabric after three attempts, seeing something real that used to be just in your head is just the best!

What do you plan to do next?

I really Love London, it can be hard and scary sometimes, but I want to stay here after graduation.  I’m working as a bingo caller in Streatham, but I’ve also been doing some freelance work as an assistant stylist for a few magazines, which I’m really enjoying.   I have also worked as a costume trainee for a TV programme – my work is quite character based, and has a story behind it, so film, TV and theatre really appeals to me.  I also hope to continue to developing my work with colour dye and print – I really love the practical side of things and making things by hand.

Check out Alice’s website

UAL sustainability projects gain national nominations and awards

LCF graduates - Here Today Here Tomorrow

UAL’s commitment to sustainability has been celebrated through a series of nominations and awards. UAL talent received several nominations and an award at the recent Observer Ethical Awards, which was followed by seven nominations for this year’s Green Gown Awards.

The Observer Ethical Awards, which took place on 2 July at the V&A and are now in their tenth year, highlight ethical and environmental success throughout the UK and internationally. UAL’s work on improving the ethical and environmental standards of its suppliers – through the implementation of an index measuring sustainability ineconomic, social and environmental terms – led to a nomination in the arts and culture category. Visit to find out more

The sustainable style category award was won by a group of London College of Fashion alumni from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. They currently work as mentors at the Centre, and their enterprise, ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow’ sells fashion items and accessories that have a known provenance. Also shortlisted for the sustainable style award was London College of Fashion’s Rosalie McMillan, who works on the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s business support programme. She was nominated for her handcrafted ‘java rock’ necklace, made from material derived from recycled coffee grounds. Lucy Siegle, who hosted the awards, was wearing an outfit from womenswear brand Kitty Ferreira, which was founded by London College of Fashion graduate Valerie Goode and is also part of the Centre’s business support programme. The Centre’s director, fashion designer Dilys Williams, has held the honour of sitting on the judging panel since 2008, and was joined this year by luminaries including children’s charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and broadcaster Stacey Dooley.

UAL also received several nominations for the Green Gown Awards including a nomination in the food and drink category for ‘Food for Life’, its catering facility, the first of its kind to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Other nominated projects came from London College of Fashion, including Rachel Clowes’s ‘Grow a Garment’ initiative in the research and development category and ‘Creative Collaborations/Design+Make’ in the community innovation category. London College of Fashion’s Professor Frances Corner OBE, Dr Rosemary Willatt and student Charlotte Rebekah Instone have also been shortlisted for the awards.

These accolades demonstrate the impact of UAL’s sustainability agenda. The finalists of the Green Gown Awards will be announced on 26 November.

Find out more

The Observer Ethical Awards

The Green Gown Awards

UAL’s sustainability index

Centre for Sustainable Fashion


New UAL campus at the heart of proposals for Elephant & Castle town centre regeneration

University of the Arts London (UAL) has announced a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for its core university services at the heart of proposals for the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

An architect's impression of how the proposed Elephant & Castle development could look.

UAL’s presence in the proposed development will reinforce the status of the area as a major cultural and educational destination in central London.

The new campus for London College of Communication builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.

Incorporating the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the adjacent London College of Communication’s existing site, initial proposals will include a first class shopping and leisure destination with new homes to rent for people living and working in London, state-of-the-art educational facilities for UAL students, excellent transport links and enhanced public spaces. It will build upon the existing community and cultural diversity of the area and sit at the heart of the changes within the local area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of Arts London, said: “We are delighted that a new cutting edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for UAL’s core university services will be at the heart of one of London’s most exciting regeneration projects. UAL is proud to have been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for more than half a century and this development will mean we are there for years to come. This investment will mean a great deal to our staff and students, many of whom live and contribute in many exciting ways to the vibrancy of Elephant & Castle.”

The Elephant and Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, market square, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 500,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, an integrated public transport hub and five green spaces.

The emerging proposals for the new town centre were officially announced today by Delancey’s client fund DV4 and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager, APG.

Jamie Ritblat, on behalf of Delancey and APG commented: “We want the community to be at the heart of our proposals for the revitalisation and renewal of the town centre, and in that spirit and objective, local feedback is key to ensuring that our vision corresponds to that of the local community and the wider activities within the regeneration area. This public exhibition will show for the first time our emerging plans to deliver a fantastic new town centre at the heart of Elephant and Castle. Proposals include new world-class educational facilities, a significant increase in homes for rent and improved shopping and public realm for locals and visitors alike. We would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and provide feedback to help inform the next stage of the design process.”

The proposals are at the centrepiece of a public exhibition to be held in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre from 9 to 11 July. Local stakeholders, businesses, residents and community groups are being invited to contribute to the evolving proposals and meet some members of the team including lead architects, Allies & Morrison.