One Campus, One Community - what's next?

It’s been one year since we announced plans to create a community-focused, modern campus in Islington for all of our students.

Date: 6 October 2016

It’s been a record breaking year for London Met, with the highest ever student satisfaction score for the University and unprecedented levels of graduates in graduate jobs. But it’s also been a year of great change as we transform ourselves into a one-campus University.

In October 2015, London Met unveiled plans for a new campus in Islington as part of a £125m investment project. One Campus, One Community aims to bring all teaching together in one location and address student feedback around a sense of community and facilities. It is integral to the University’s Strategic Plan aims.

What have we achieved together so far?

In January 2016, the University appointed Design Engine Architects to carry out a wide consultation with students, staff and local and national stakeholders to inform the creation of a masterplan.

More than 30 consultation exercises took place, from open meetings to crits; from a Google+ community to public events.

Thanks to the engagement of students, staff and friends of London Met, the University was able to publish an initial Masterplan in May 2016 – just four months after the appointment of Design Engine.

 At the same time, the project team worked tirelessly to design a new structure for the University to enable it to adapt to its new environment and better meet our students’ needs.

This included a major management review - creating a flatter University structure – and a redesign of our faculties into Schools. It also restructured the support services in the University to transform the experience of London Met students from enrolment right through to their graduation.

The project team also led on a review of our business processes to simplify how the University works, improving the efficiency of how we spend students’ fees.   

On top of this, the University has completed the major relocation of a section of The Cass from Commercial Road to brand new facilities in Calcutta House. The rest of the School, currently in Central House, will move to Calcutta in autumn 2017, bringing The Cass together under one roof for the first time in its history.

The School will then move to Islington, together, in 2020.

And we have also launched a new communications forum – the Conversations with the VC discussions - which have been well attended and are proving very useful.

What’s next?

As the One Campus, One Community project gains momentum, a number of projects will soon begin to make an impact.

C Block

C Block is the section of the University that is currently home to ICT and Estates. As part of the project, it will be transformed into new teaching and social spaces, with high spec classrooms and technology to enhance our teaching. These departments will relocate to other areas of the campus to make this happen.

A consultation on this space will soon be underway, and C Block will open as a teaching space in January 2018.

Tower building and J Block

In November, proposals for the Tower Building and construction of J Block are expected to go on display for a major consultation.

This includes the enhancement of the look of the Tower Building and the construction of two additional floors of J Block, currently where the Students’ Union is based. 

Agile working

The University is also exploring ways to transition into an agile working environment, where colleagues are able, subject to work commitments and responsibilities, to choose how, where and when they work. New technology projects to support agile working are already in motion, including pilots of new file storage solutions and digital communications.

Keep in touch

Students, staff and friends of London Met are crucial to the success of the One Campus, One Community project. All the workstreams are led by London Met staff, and the programme is very keen to hear from staff or students who are keen to get involved in improving the University.

All comments, queries and ideas are welcome, and can be sent to onecommunity@londonmet.ac.uk or submitted to the public Google+ Community.