LSE campus scheme gets go-ahead
A £120 million redevelopment project at the London School of Economics has been given planning permission
Acting for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), planning consultancy Turley has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a major redevelopment of the LSE campus. Westminster City Council resolved to grant planning permission in March.
The centre buildings redevelopment project will create a flexible and sustainable academic and teaching building. It will see the construction of academic buildings arranged around a public square, providing a new focus at the centre of LSE. The buildings will provide facilities for D1 (non-residential) and other uses and will include: a two-storey basement; a part two-storey, part six-storey, part 13-storey building; and a seven-storey core extension to the existing St Clements building. The development has a gross external area of 19,621 sqm and has an estimated project value of £120 million.
Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) were selected as designers for the scheme following a RIBA competition held in 2013. Turley provided planning, heritage and townscape advice.
Matt Humpheys, associate director at Turley, said: “We have worked alongside the LSE team for a number of years supporting the development of its campus. This scheme is the largest project in its 120-year history and creates a terrific new public square supported by world-class architecture.”
The redevelopment involves the demolition of the existing LSE-owned buildings along Houghton Street, known as Clare Market, The Anchorage, the East Building and part of St Clements. The design is vertically zoned, with most of the public and highly serviced facilities such as the restaurant, auditorium and large lecture theatres situated at the lower levels, facilitating natural interaction with the public realm of Houghton Street and the newly created LSE Square.
Demolition is due to begin at the start of the summer of 2015, with the building expected to be completed in late 2018.
LSE director of estates Julian Robinson said: “This is a major milestone in our ambitious programme of improving facilities and accommodation at LSE. We are a world-class university and the Centre Buildings Redevelopment will provide a new building and public spaces which will reflect this. Its sustainable design will complement and enhance our surroundings while still being uniquely identifiable as LSE.”