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The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, The University of the Arts London and University College London (UCL) are working with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to form a new cultural and higher education quarter on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Part of the Olympic legacy, the project has been championed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and backed by £141 million investment from central government. The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

The ambition is to create a new model for how cultural and educational organisations can work in the future, with increased collaboration, a real sense of connection to the local community and a desire to support emerging talent and lead new research.

The V&A vision for Stratford will complement the existing V&A sites. The new venue will present more of the Museum's outstanding collections in never-before-seen ways and greatly enhance access to 1000 years of design, architecture, art and performance. It will encourage public participation in almost every aspect of museum activities with storage, research and conservation spaces that are visible to the public. Permanent galleries on site will include the first dedicated museum space in the UK to document the full breadth of digital design and begin to write the design history of that fast moving field. There will be space for a rolling programme of major exhibitions, as well as studios for new and emerging practitioners.

A team comprising multi-award winning architects Allies & Morrison, together with RIBA gold medal winners O'Donnell & Tuomey and other renowned studios have won the international competition to design all the buildings on the site. Building work will commence in 2018 with a target opening date of 2020/2021.

The 2015 annual Sackler Lecture at the V&A was given by Boris Johnson who expanded on his vision to transform the Olympic Park into a world-class hub for culture and the creative industries. You can watch the lecture below.

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