Centre Buildings Redevelopment (CBR)

 

The LSE community and neighbours are invited to attend the monthly drop in sessions with the main contractor, Mace and LSE Capital Development staff will be held on the last Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 3pm in the Plaza Cafe.


Find out more about the project below: 

What is the CBR project?

LSE’s Centre Building Redevelopment will create a state of the art flexible and highly sustainable academic and teaching building, designed by renowned architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, find out more about the project by watching this short film.

To get an idea of what the building will look llike:

Fly through the new Centre Buildings Redevelopment currently under construction at the heart of the LSE campus Fly through the new Centre Buildings Redevelopment currently under construction at the heart of the LSE campus
Fly through Centre Buildings

Where is the CBR site?

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Campus map showing CBR site (in purple)

The Centre Buildings Redevelopment is on Houghton Street and Clare Market. Buildings that were demolished are: East Building, The Anchorage, Clare Market and St Clement’s: core and eastern wing.

Why is LSE undertaking the CBR project?

One of the Schools' main objectives is for the standard of all School space to be commensurate with its international academic standing. The School has been planning to redevelop the Centre Buildings since 2003, although this was put on hold while LSE redeveloped 24 Kingsway (now the NAB) and built its award winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW).

The previous Centre Buildings were at the lowest quality and condition rating and no longer fit for purpose. Any improvement scenario would have required full decant to enable significant building and refurbishment work.

The buildings performed poorly, both as academic offices and as teaching spaces, and offered little to students once the Students’ Union facilities were relocated to SAW. Following considerable analysis the decision was made to demolish all the buildings forming CBR. We recognised that this would impact on the student and staff experience, but considered the benefits of a new efficient building with more space would outweigh the disadvantages to the School during its construction.

The architect’s proposals will not only create a state of the art flexible and highly sustainable academic and teaching building but will also create a new landscaped public square at the north end of Houghton Street.

The new building will also increase the gross internal floor area (GIA) of the centre buildings from 12,000m2 to nearly 18,000m2, allowing for growth in the School. 

When is it happening?

Planning permission was granted by Westminster City Council in April 2015. Demolition was completed in December 2016 and the new building will be finished in April 2019.

Find out more about the sequence of works on the construction animation video: 

Construction animation video Construction animation video
Construction animation video

Archaeology

Archaeology South-East/CAA completed the archaeological excavation between March and May 2016, see what they found.....

History of the site

The new development replaces four central campus buildings, discover a short history of each...

Contacting the project team

Details of the team responsible for the project...

Monthly drop in sessions with the main contractor, Mace and LSE Capital Development staff will be held on the last Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 3pm in the Plaza Cafe.  The LSE community and neighbours are encouraged to attend to meet the team and discuss any queries you may have about the project.  

Any questions or concerns can also be emailed to Estates.Centrebuildings@lse.ac.uk

These webpages will be updated with all relevant information over the course of the project so why not bookmark it for easy access?  

 

Talk to us

The LSE community and neighbours are invited to attend the monthly drop in sessions with the main contractor, Mace and LSE Capital Development staff will be held on the last Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 3pm in the Plaza Cafe.