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.