Open House at USS
The University of East London is to open one of its buildings to the public, as part of an event which aims to promote awareness of the best architecture in London. UEL’s University Square Stratford campus (USS) has been chosen to be part of Open House weekend, on Saturday 19 September.
Every year, Open House gives people the chance to see a wide variety of architecturally significant buildings which are normally closed to the public.
The USS building, a joint venture between UEL and Birkbeck, University of London, uses the latest technology to make it more sustainable to run. Its features include more than 700 square metres of solar panels, rooftop habitats to increase biodiversity, three rooftop bat boxes, rainwater harvesting, and a garden at ground level.
“Since it opened two years ago I have sensed that the building has become a special place for those studying and working here,” said Stephen Wilson, Facilities Manager at USS. “Visitors and passers-by often pay compliments on the design or the facilities offered and it will be interesting to learn what Open House guests comment on.”
The Open House event will also showcase highlights from work done at UEL over the past year.
Guests will be encouraged to interact with all displays and enter all the open access areas. Architecture students will run tours around the exhibitions and the open rooms every 30 minutes.
Opening up one of its campuses to the wider community is another example of UEL’s commitment to being London’s leading university for civic engagement.
Date: 19 September 2015
Venue: University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London, E15 1NF
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.