East Bank Partnership

Foundation for Future London is key stakeholder of the East Bank partnership, with a role to connect local communities to the new global centre for creativity, learning and innovation currently being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Our programme is supported by Westfield East Bank Creative Future Fund’s Founding Partner and Official Sponsor, Westfield Stratford City, and City of London.

What is East Bank?

East Bank is a unique collaboration between world-leading universities, arts and culture institutions, all of which will open up opportunities for everyone who visits, lives and works in East London.

East Bank will be spread across three sites: UCL East, UCL’s new campus; Stratford Waterfront, consisting of Sadler’s Wells, BBC, V&A and UAL’s London College of Fashion; and Here East, which will include the V&A’s new Collection and Research Centre and an existing space for UCL.

The scheme will receive £385 million from the Mayor of London and £151 million from Government. A further £10 million from Westfield Stratford City will go to the programme  towards East Bank projects that provide skills and jobs, lifelong learning, business and entrepreneur opportunities for local people, and that bring in the creative, arts, innovation and placemaking sectors. This exciting programme of grants will be managed by the Foundation for Future London.

City of London Corporation has provided a grant of £1 million to support the development of partnership and collaborative programming with the communities of East Bank and Culture Mile around creative learning, inclusive public realm, lifelong learning and jobs also managed by the Foundation for Future London

East Bank will help to cement London’s reputation as a world leader in culture, education and innovation creating 2,500 jobs, £1.5 billion of economic benefit and 600 new homes. It will also bring over 10,000 students to the site and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from London and beyond.

The anchor partners and the Foundation for Future London have been building relationships and delivering projects with the thriving arts, fashion and community organisations based in the area, including the artist community in the four boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlet, Hackney, and Waltham Forest, plus Hackney Wick, East London Dance, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Studio Wayne McGregor and many more.

What’s new

Work is now well underway at Stratford Waterfront and UCL East to build the new culture and education district. Visitors to the Park can see the new buildings emerging from the ground. Despite C19, our commitment and our partners’ is to focus on the delivery of these crucial spaces for education, research, innovation, performance, art, fashion and heritage

Foundation for Future London and the East Bank partners are hard at work to deliver an a exciting locality that mobilises local organisations and community groups to connect with the world class anchor partner institutions. This collaborative working will ensure East Bank is not only a global, UK and London destination, but a place that that celebrates inclusion and diversity, creating benefits and experiences for all.

East Bank Supporters and Donors

Mayor of London

Westfield Stratford City

City of London

East Bank Organisations


Sadler’s Wells

UAL’s London College of Fashion

University College London


East Bank Partners

London Legacy Development Corporation

Foundation for Future London

Key facts about East Bank

  • East Bank will bring an additional 1.5 million visitors to the Park and surrounding area each year
  • More than 2,500 jobs will be created in East Bank, and an estimated £1.5 billion generation for the local economy
  • Sadler’s Wells East will open a 550-seat theatre and establish a new centre for choreographic practice and a hip hop academy, both of which will be the first of their kind in the country
  • UAL’s London College of Fashion will integrate its six sites onto one campus, accommodating 6,500 students with their world-leading research community, business incubation and social enterpise centres
  • V&A East will display its world-famous collections at two sites with a new museum at Stratford Waterfront and the V&A Collection and Research at Here East
  • The state-of-the-art BBC music studios will provide a hub from which to celebrate music of all genres
  • UCL will create a new campus, UCL East, providing multi-disciplinary research, teaching and innovation, in areas such as robotics, smart cities, culture and conservation, for around 4,000 students
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