12 September, 2023
Strike a pose – Designing UCA’s new fashion school
UCA have set out to create a state-of-the-art fashion school at their campus in Epsom, and Maris is helping them do it.

Maris is designing UCA’s new fashion school

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is stepping up its game, recognising that fashion designers of the future don’t just need their creativity nurtured, but their business acumen as well. With that in mind, they have set out to create a state-of-the-art fashion school at their campus in Epsom, and Maris is helping them do it.

UCA started life as Farnham Arts College before becoming a polytechnic and later achieving university status. While their education programme has kept up with their escalating credentials, their estate has taken longer to establish its facilities. That’s something they are keen to rectify, setting out on a development plan to provide leading facilities that optimise the education experience as well as student wellbeing, and preparing them for their professional lives ahead.

The university’s fashion school is central to their offering, and their new executive team has a vision for a bright future. Maris’ relationship with the university began by helping them with their estate development plans (which are ongoing), with intention of creating a creative space that inspires students.

UCA purchased the Wells Building in Epsom, with the intention of transforming the former office space into a vibrant environment complete with dynamic learning facilities, its own catwalk and a photography centre – to name a few details. Maris has been appointed to design and build the space, including a full strip out, Cat A, Cat B and interior works. We are currently in the final stages of design with a view to completing works next year, ready for the student intake in September 2024.

Chief Operating Officer, Mark Ellul, said: ‚ÄúThis is a massive step forward in growing our Epsom campus and building on our global reputation as a centre for Fashion & Textiles and Business School for the Creative Industries. We must have facilities and functions in place for us to deliver the very best creative education and adding two new buildings to our estate will create a creative learning environment that is fit for the 21st-century.”


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