UCFB recently marked a major landmark in its history after a topping out ceremony celebrated the latest phase in the construction of its 1st Way facility in Wembley.

The ceremony marked the highest point of the building, which is set to open to students this September. In addition to UCFB’s campus facilities inside Wembley Stadium which houses 1,500 students studying university degrees in football and sport, the development opposite the iconic stadium will offer a permanent facility that includes lecture theatres, a library, office space for staff, a refreshment and common area and halls of residence for up to 680 students.

This year marks Brent’s year as London’s Borough of Culture – a year-long celebration of the borough, its diversity and the people that live there. The last decade has seen huge investment and development in Brent, especially around Wembley Stadium, and UCFB and the 1st Way development is delighted to be a part of it.

1st Way is set to open in September 2020.

Commenting on the progress of the build, UCFB chairman and chief executive Brendan Flood said: “With the topping out ceremony taking place this week it’s now full steam ahead for the project in advance of its completion this summer. All of us at UCFB are excited to have a dedicated space for students and staff to work and live over the coming years and be at the heart of Brent’s rapid transformation. Between 1st Way and Wembley Stadium, UCFB students will truly have incredible facilities to learn in and be inspired by on a daily basis.”

Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “UCFB’s commitment to Wembley and Brent is evident in this development. Education is central to Brent’s vision for the future and we’re delighted that UCFB are playing a huge part in that.”

Damian Flood, chief executive at developer Cole Waterhouse, commented: “1st Way is a modern, exciting development that will help to transform the student experience for UCFB. We’re all looking forward to seeing the development buzz with activity come September when students return from their summer break.”