Sadler's Wells East, London, UK


Now rebranded East Bank, the huge scheme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will provide new facilities for some of the UK’s major cultural institutions to transform the canalside area into a ’powerhouse of culture, education and innovation’ spread across three sites.
The East Bank project also includes 600 new homes, half of which will be affordable, in a quartet of towers of up to 24 storeys and a trio of smaller residential buildings. These lower blocks and three of the high-rises will be designed by Allies and Morrison. A fourth tower has been drawn up by RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell + Tuomey.
The BBC has been announced as the latest addition at the Stratford Waterfront site, where it will join proposed outposts for the V&A and its new partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, a 550-seat theatre for dance company Sadler’s Wells and a new campus for the University of the Arts’ London College of Fashion.

our role

Plann have been working with Sadler’s Wells since 2015 offering strategic advice, design reviews and oversight of the programme and procurement process.


Sadler’s Wells Theatre

plann services

Client Advisor, Jack Tilbury

design team

O’Donnell + Tuomey


yet to be appointed

project info

project in progress, Stage 3 design
seating capacity 550


yet to open

‘The East Bank scheme will be the largest culture and education development the UK has seen since the 1950s.’
Sadiq Khan

behind the scenes

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