Development projects


The Estates Division are committed to creating a higher quality built environment, commensurate with LSE's academic standing. Strategic projects are developed and delivered by the Capital Development team, responsible for the planning and implementation of major capital projects, long term maintenance and carbon management in progress at the School. 

Current development projects are:

35 Lincoln's Inn Fields (35L)

We are delighted to announce that the School formally took vacant possession of 35L as of 1 July 2021.  Plans for the redevelopment of this site have now commenced, a design competition is underway, bookmark the webpage for further updates.....

Old Curiosity Shop - External Restoration

The Old Curiosity Shop is a Grade II* listed building built in 1567.  It is believed to be the oldest surviving shop in London, surviving the Great Fire of London in 1666 as the fire died out before it reached the Holborn area. The buildings Grade II* listing is on account of its literary associations with Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop.

The building was acquired by London School of Economics and Political Science in 2018.

The LSE has embarked on a heritage restoration project working in close liaison with City of Westminster Conservation Officer and Historic England. The project will deliver essential repairs, including a new roof, to the building. The works are likely to take 6 months.

New Academic Building

Find out about the New Academic Building Electrification project and associated service shut-downs and mitigation measures (pdf)

Capital Development programme of works

Alongside the main construction site there are various smaller projects happening around campus.  Check the campus map (pdf) to see what works are scheduled for the year ahead and how they may affect you.

Completed projects

The team have a rolling maintenance programme for the campus here are details of some of the larger projects completed by us...

The Marshall Building (MAR)

The Marshall Building opened its doors on 4 January 2022, discover more about the project...

Centre Building  (CBG)

This state of the art, flexible and highly sustainable building opened on 17 June 2019.  Find out about the project and what facilities you will find in the building...

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

LSE's first new building for more than 40 years, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) was officially handed over to the School in December 2013.

The building occupants arrived on Monday 6th January 2014 and since opening its doors the centre has received praise from students, staff and architecture critics and has won many awards. Read more about this award winning building...

Public Realm Strategy

LSE's Public Realm Strategy (pdf) is one element of a broader strategy with the objective of delivering a university quarter comprising a world class estate.  Since the publication of this strategy in 2013 LSE have worked with Westminster City Council to successfully complete the pedestrianisation and landscaping of the public realm in Sheffield Street, Houghton Street, Clare Market and most recently Portsmouth Street.  Plans are being agreed to start works in St. Clement's Lane in late 2022.

New project requests

Any works within an LSE Academic Department, teaching facility or Service Division including Catering, Residences, DTS and Students' Union that involves alteration to the fabric of the building will require approval through a New Project Request form (NPR).