LITT, Albert Island

The new London Institute of Transport Technology will sit on the edge of Albert Island overlooking the Thames
London Institute of Transport Technology
New Tertiary Education building
RIBA Stage II Concept for QMUL & Newham College
Design in 2018
Total built area 8,000 sqm
 
The London Institute of Transport Technology (LITT) will re-use a brownfield site close to the River Thames to support a major new engineering hub for London and the South East of England. The Institute is a collaboration between St Marys University London and Newham College but also support Ipswich and Brockenhurst Colleges. LITT will be a collaborative engineering environment accommodated within a large new industrial building located within a new industrial district with a focus on road, rail, river and runway industries at the eastern end of The Royal Docks, overlooking the River Thames.
 
A combination of teaching space and private business accommodation will harness natural synergies between engineering skills, research, innovation and entrepreneurship to provide an inspiring new learning environment. Industry focused strategies, live briefs and teaching approaches will replicate industrial environments. The architectural approach intends to attract future generations to a career in transport engineering. Modern transport technology is dynamic, sophisticated and helping to solve the future. The atmosphere within the building will be one where dynamic engineering activity in the workshops is a central focus, overlooked by other peripheral activity.  The architectural concept establishes a simple robust framework. Within this, the facility can flex to suit changing demands over the medium to long term, reminding us of the dockyard buildings of the past. 
Albert Island sits at the Eastern end of the Royal Docks.
Albert Island pictured in the 1940's.
The building's robust, industrial, loose-fit approach anticipates change.
Physical workshop activity is the heart of the facility.
Development of the building section.
LITT will provide a combination of workshops and laboratories for teaching of Transport Technologies.
These will include dedicated facilities for apprenticeship training in 'Road, Rail, River and Runway' specialisms.