Construction and refurbishment

Construction and Refurbishment


Reduce consumption of new materials and increase the reuse and recycling of materials. Incorporate environmental criteria into material and contract specifications to reduce whole life cycle environmental impacts. Create built environments that meet the highest environmental standards.



  • The Centre Buildings Redevelopment was completed in May 2019. It has achieved BREEAM 'Excellent' (Design & Construction) and projected to achieve a 'B' Display Energy Certificate rating.
  • INTERVAL Strategies, a start-up founded by two LSE alumni, Juan Pablo Corral and Lucas Fuhrmann have manufactured reusable bags out of the plastic wrapping used on the outside of Centre Buildings scaffolding. The innovative project was in partnership with a local tailor, Mace building contractors and the LSE Capital Development team and demonstrates a circular economic production model as building wrap is almost always single-use and rarely recycled.
  • LSE has started construction work for the Marshall Building at 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields. It has achieved BREEAM 'Excellent' in Design and on track for 'Excellent' in Construction and a 'B' rated Display Energy Certificate. It was also shortlisted for the 2019 BREEAM award, 'Best Public Sector (design-stage)' category. 
  • LSE is developing a new framework to enhance wellbeing through our built environment. Drawing on guidance from the WELL Standard and London Health Workplace Charter, it will address practical issues such as good light and air quality and complex themes like enabling community connections. 
  • The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which opened its doors in 2014, was designed to the highest environmental standards and achieved BREEAM 'Outstanding' (Design) status and an 'A' rated Energy Performance Certificate.  View this summary fact sheet (pdf) to find out more about the building's features.
  • LSE LIFE, the School's centre for academic, personal and professional development, achieved a RICS Ska rating of "Gold" for its sustainable refurbishment. LSE was also the first university to be awarded "Silver" in the new Ska rating for higher education fit-outs which is a more stringent assessment of refurbishments.
  • Routine maintenance works across campus continually improve energy efficiency, e.g. by rolling out LED lighting and improving building controls.
  • See the LSE Capital Development website for more details on our other construction projects.