V&A museum set to house art collection and research centre in Olympic Park’s Here East tech hub

PUBLISHED: 11:36 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 16 August 2018

Here East in the Olympic Park. Picture: Joshua Rule

Here East in the Olympic Park. Picture: Joshua Rule

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The V&A will move its collection and research centre into a “world class” new facility at the Olympic Park.

The museum has been looking for a new home for the vast array of its artefacts since 2015 when the government announced it would be selling Blythe House – where they are now.

And chiefs settled on Here East, the state-of-the-art tech hub at the old Olympics press centre.

It will form part of an expansion of the V&A East project that will also include a new museum at Stratford Waterfront, announced in June as part of Sadiq Khan’s £1.1billion East Bank vision. East Bank will also see an outpost of Sadler’s Wells and the BBC move to the area.

Studio space at Here East will also be made available to students, schoolchildren and creatives as part of the project.

The new centre will be designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro, with further details unveiled in the autumn.

Here East chief exec Gavin Poole said: “The V&A creating a new state of the art Collection and Research Centre encapsulates the vision we’ve always had for the campus.

“By bringing together new technology, innovation, research and a world leading institution, the centre embodies the values we hold and will bring an array of new opportunities to the community.

“We have spent two years working with the team at the V&A to accomplish this and we are incredibly excited to see what the future holds.”

This news comes shortly after Here East revealed that The Trampery on the Gantry, 21 studios for creative businesses and visual artist.

Lyn Garner, chief exec of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which owns Here East, added: “East London already has a rich artistic heritage and we are thrilled that the V&A will be opening its doors here and displaying its exceptional collections to the public.”

V&A deputy director Tim Reeve said he was thrilled with the new location and plans were moving forward quickly.

He said: “The V&A East project will revolutionise how our world-class collections are accessed and open up opportunities for collaboration, learning and discovery in ways we’ve never been able to before.”

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