Estates News Updates

Student Services Centre ramp closure

Pedestrian access along Clare Market will re-open on Monday 20 January.

In order to progress the landscaping works the ramped access on Clare Market, up to the Student Services Centre (SSC), will be closed with effect from Saturday 25 January until late February.

The accessible route into the main entrance of the Old Building will remain open throughout this period and signs put in place to show alternative routes into SSC.

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Alternative route into OLD Building


We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works.


Landscaping update December 2019

Remaining tree planters – early December 2019

The final three planters to be constructed to the western edge of the new square are almost complete.  The planters match those to the front of the Plaza Café. The hoarding currently surrounding the planters will be removed by 1 December. The trees will then be delivered and planted on the 2 December. There may still be some isolated pockets of works to complete the square throughout early December.

Resurfacing of Clare Market – December 2019 to early April 2020

You may have noticed that following 4 years of construction traffic, Clare Market is looking slightly worse for wear. Works to re-surface Clare Market will commence on 9 December. The 5 week holiday period will allow the contractor to undertake all the noisiest most disruptive works while the Campus is at its quietest and there is no teaching taking place. The intent is to have all the heavy breaking and the new concrete sub-base laid in advance of students returning to the School on 20 January 2020. The contractor is aware of graduation ceremonies w/c 16 December and LSE examinations taking place w/c 13 January and will avoid disruptive activities during this period.

Clare Market will be completely closed to vehicles and pedestrians until 19 January.  Diversion routes, including fire evacuation for Centre Building, will be via St Clement's Lane or Old Building, see map (pdf).

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Alternative route during Clare Market closure

Works to re-surface Clare Market will then continue from late January to early April 2020. During this period pedestrian routes will be opened up on Clare Market to ensure that connectivity across campus is not too adversely impacted by these works. There will be some unavoidable noisy works within this period,  the contractor has been instructed to mitigate this as far as possible through the use of acoustic enclosures.

Once complete, Clare Market will mirror Houghton Street and the new public square, creating a real sense of place in the heart of the campus.

Art Installation – early January 2020

In line with the planning requirement for public art, Artist Tod Hanson has been commissioned to design a mural for the St Clement’s wall. An art installation contractor will now commence applying the mural to the wall in early January 2020, with the works taking circa 3 weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.  Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact 

St Clement's Lane access restricted from 16 May 2019

St Clement's Lane will have limited pedestrian access from Thursday 16 May 2019 to enable landscaping works.  Please use the diversion route around the Library, as per map below.

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Diversion route around LRB during closure of St Clement's Lane


OLD building ramp closed until 24 May 2019

Due to unforeseen complexities the landscaping works in Houghton Street are still ongoing.  The accessible access into OLD building main entrance will remain closed until 24 May.  Please continue to use the ramp on Clare Market into the Student Services Centre during this period.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Grange Court works were completed on schedule and this route is now open.

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Alternate route for accessible entry into OLD building during landscaping works


Grange Court closed 1 April - 7 May 2019

Grange Court will be closed from 1 April until 7 May to enable Mace to undertake the next phase of the Centre Buildings landscaping works.  Access to and from Fawcett, Pankhurst and Pethick-Lawrence Houses will be via the Aldwych during this period.

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Campus map showing alternative routes duirng Grange Court closure


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View of LSE Square, showing walkway through to Grange Court


Route restrictions around campus Jan - Mar 2019

Closure of ramp to Old Building main entrance 

4 February – 30 April 2019

Ramp access to the main entrance of the Old Building will be temporarily closed whilst essential works are undertaken in this location.

Those requiring ramped access to the Old Building should use the ramp on Clare Market into the Student Services Centre during this period.  

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Alternate route for accessible entry into OLD building during landscaping works

St Clement's Lane has now reopened

Thank you for your patience during the UKPN works.

St Clement's Lane closed

6 - 17 February 2019

The end of St Clement's Lane has been closed to enable UKPN to undertake works to their network sub-station.  Please use the diversion route around the Library, as per map below.

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Diversion route around LRB during closure of St Clement's Lane


Pavement closure Lincoln's Inn Fields

5 - 17 February 2019

Please be aware that the pavement outside the Marshall Building development is currently closed.  Please follow the diversion and use the pedestrian crossings to ensure your safety.  Visit the Marshall Building web pages for more information about the project.

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Safe pedestrian route along Lincoln's Inn Fields


Power to CBR and Open House - October 2018

Centre Buildings Redevelopment (CBR)

The CBR Project Team have been very busy over the Summer months and the exterior of the building is taking shape.  A power supply is now needed to enable the completion of the interior, including state of the art teaching rooms and lecture theatres, ready for Summer 2019.  Unfortunately this will mean circa two weeks of disruptive works on Houghton Street, outside Connaught House commencing 8 October 2018.

The works will involve UK Power Networks (UKPN) excavating a trench from the boundary of the CBR site, along Houghton Street to the Aldwych.  Although best endeavours will be made to control noisy works, there will be breaking and excavation, which will likely cause some disruption to occupants of adjacent buildings.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, if you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Visit the Centre Buildings web page to find out more about the project.

Open House

The Estates Division participated in Open House weekend, showcasing the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre on Sunday 23 September.

212 members of the public were given guided tours of the building by members of the project team with another 100 people taking the self-guided tours. 

Look out for a behind the scenes tour of Centre Buildings as part of Open House 2019.

Summer 2018 update

Resource Booker Update

Room Bookings have recently upgraded Resource Booker (the online room booking portal) and it now allows users to edit their own bookings, and book ahead through to the end of next academic year, in certain categories of rooms.

If you've made a booking in Resource Booker and you now need to change the title, or the running time, or even the date, you can now edit your own bookings in Resource Booker. Simply open the booking in your My Bookings page and click on the Edit button, this will bring up the booking form where you make your changes. Please note that if you edit a booking, it needs to go through Room Bookings' approval process again, so an Accepted (or confirmed) booking goes back to being 'Requested' (or provisional).

If you want to book a catering venue for a reception in November 2018, a small study room for an office hour in October or a meeting room for a committee in May 2019, you can do it now online in Resource Booker. You can also now request bookings in teaching rooms for dates from now up to the end of Welcome week (Friday 28th September). Once the teaching Timetable is completed, and we've processed the advance booking requests you've already sent to Room Bookings, we'll open up bookings on Resource Booker in the teaching rooms in term time for the whole of the Academic year. Keep checking details of what is available to book on the Resource Booker login page.   If you’re planning further ahead or considering hosting an academic conference, have a look at Information on-line  and get in touch via  to discuss the most suitable time periods for hosting large events on campus.

You can access the Resource Booker How To guide via this link Request a Room Booking which will help you get started in Resource Booker and show you how to edit your bookings.

We hope you find these enhancements useful
The Room Bookings Team

Estates gain another ISO Standard

The Estates Division are delighted to have recently achieved ISO 9001 Quality Management System accreditation.  During two external audits the Estates Division has demonstrated its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, whilst aiming to enhance customer satisfaction through the application of continuous improvement processes.  Only 2 other Russell Group Universities hold this standard across all Estates services.  We welcome your feedback on our services at any time, please email with your comments

Reprographics are back!

We are pleased to welcome the Reprographics team back to the Estates ‘family’.  After a period of reporting to IMT, Simon and the team are again part of the Estates FM team, services remain unchanged.  See our about us page for more information on organisational structure.

Development on Campus - update May 2018

The campus and immediate surrounding areas are currently experiencing ongoing development works from four active construction sites:

LSE sites:

  • Centre Buildings Redevelopment - CBR (Mace) on Houghton Street on the West
  • The Marshall Building - MAR (44LIF) (McGee) on the North West

Neighbouring sites:

  • Lodha (Multiplex) on Searle Street on the East (Behind the LSE Library
  • Royal College of Surgeons (Wates) on the North

Of the four projects listed above only the CBR and MAR projects are under LSE control, managed by the Capital Development team within the Estates Division. The LSE Capital Development team liaise on a monthly basis with the contracting team from the other major projects and while we cannot exert any additional control we can confirm that both projects are following the WCC guidelines in relation to noise, dust and general disruption.

Read more about the recent noise mitigation measures carried out by MAR demolition contractor McGee and pre-exam audibility tests on the CBR site.

Traffic and pedestrian management - May 2018

In June 2017 the site vehicle and pedestrian movements were altered to deliver a safer environment for pedestrians and vehicles.  The map illustrates these routes.

Very few routes needed to be altered however the footpath directly around the MAR site on Portsmouth Street and Portugal Street was closed to allow the site security hoarding to be erected.  This will now remain closed until the project is completed in 2021.  Pedestrians have been diverted onto the footpath on the opposite side of the road by the SU Shop.

The Portugal Street entrance into 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (32L) was also closed as a pedestrian safety measure.  Further studies will now be done by Estates in conjunction with 32L occupants to determine how much longer the entrance should remain closed. 

In the next few weeks, it is planned to install a new gantry over the 44 LIF pavement for the next stage of works requiring materials to be loaded onto lorries over the pavement. The gantry will allow pedestrians to pass underneath it safely within a protected enclosure and will be constructed over a weekend. 

Pedestrian diversions have been managed using:

  • Signage at key points;
  • Barriers to guide pedestrians to keep to safe areas
  • MAR and CBR site staff monitor and manage site traffic and ensure safe pedestrian crossing points during working hours.


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Pedestrian diversion in Portsmouth Street


All other pedestrian routes and roads have remained open.  We will be monitoring safety during the course of the works and will notify you of any changes in future newsletters.

Sheffield Street temporary closure March 2018

Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 March  2018*

Most of Sheffield Street will be closed from 27 March for a period of approximately 3 days, due to works taking place on the roof parapet of SAW. *The works are weather dependent, therefore the closure may remain in place for longer if weather conditions prevent the contractor from working.

Access to Parish Hall, Sheffield Street and Portsmouth Street buildings, including the shops, will not be affected (see map).

The Main Entrance to Saw Swee Hock Student Centre will be closed and access to the building will be via the Three Tuns Bar.  Staff and students are encouraged not to enter SAW, unless necessary.

Temporary fire safety arrangements (pdf)

Due to the above closure a temporary fire assembly point for Connaught House, Cowdray House, Lakatos Building, Lionel Robbins Building and Old Building will be relocated to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. 

If you have any questions about the works or the temporary arrangements, please contact Barbara Moldawa

Centre Buildings project - Increase in construction noise - January 2018

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Mace are currently making some alterations to the concrete tower that has been constructed adjacent to New Inn Passage and Columbia House. These adaptations require the use of handheld pneumatic breakers and this is causing an increase in noise levels being experienced within the Columbia House area. It is likely that these works will take until Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Acoustic quilts are being installed around the scaffold platform while they are undertaking these works in order to reduce the noise.

During this period noisy works are only permitted between the below times:

  • 7:30am-10am
  • 12pm-2pm
  • 4:30pm-6pm

Noise monitors situated on Connaught House and Aldwych House will ensure the contractor is complying with the above.

Find out more about the project. 

Any questions or concerns should be directed to