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, bookmark the webpage for further updates.....

Bankside House Redevelopment Project

Bankside House, the School's largest student residence, is set for a major redevelopment.

Plans to significantly increase the amount of student accommodation available on the site will support the School's ambition to offer a bed space to every first-year student by 2030.  Keep up to date with the project as it progresses.....

Old Building Refurbishment Project

Keep updated with progress on the Old Building Refurbishment project, which includes electrification works and associated service shut-downs and mitigation measures.

Old Curiosity Shop - 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 the School in 2018.  Working closely with Westminster Council Conservation Officer and Historic England, we have carried out structural carpentry repairs and external decorations.  The colour scheme (and signwriting) from 1800 has been restored based on historic evidence and recommendation from Historic Paint Analyst.  The building is now structurally stable and watertight with a new roof and windows (some new, some renovated).

Working with LSE Generate, we hope to run a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style process where student entrepreneurs will pitch their business cases for opening this very special building as a vibrant retail offer. 

Cheng Kin Ku Building

Find out about the Cheng Kin Ku Building (formally New Academic Building) electrification project and associated service shut-downs and mitigation measures (pdf)

Capital Development programme of works

Alongside major development projects 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.  LSE have been working with Westminster City Council since 2013 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).