Turley secures permission for flagship LSE campus development

Planning consultancy Turley, acting for The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a major redevelopment of the LSE campus.

Westminster City Council resolved to grant planning permission on Tuesday 17 March.

The ‘Centre Buildings Redevelopment project’ will create a state of the art flexible and highly sustainable academic and teaching building. It will see the construction of academic buildings arranged around a public square, providing a new focus at the centre of LSE. The buildings will provide facilities for D1 (non-residential) and other uses and will comprise a:

  • Two storey basement
  • Part two storey, part six storey, part 13 storey building
  • Seven storey core extension to the existing St Clements building.

The development has a gross external area of 19,621m2 and has an estimated project value of £120 million.

Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) were selected as designers for the scheme following an RIBA competition held in 2013. Turley provided planning, heritage and townscape advice.

Matt Humpheys, Associate Director, Turley said:

“We have worked alongside the LSE team for a number of years supporting the development of its campus. This scheme is the largest project in its 120-year history and creates a terrific new public square supported by world-class architecture.”

The redevelopment involves the demolition of the existing LSE owned buildings along Houghton Street, known as Clare Market, The Anchorage, the East Building and part of St Clements. The design is vertically zoned with most of the public and highly serviced facilities such as the restaurant, auditorium and large lecture theatres situated at the lower levels, facilitating natural interaction with the public realm of Houghton Street and animating the newly created LSE Square.

Demolition is due to begin at the start of the summer of 2015 with the building expected to be completed in late 2018.

LSE Director of Estates Julian Robinson said:

“This is a major milestone in our ambitious programme of improving facilities and accommodation at LSE. We are a world-class university and the Centre Buildings Redevelopment will provide a new building and public spaces which will reflect this. Its sustainable design will complement and enhance our surroundings while still being uniquely identifiable as LSE.”

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