Client London School of Economics & Political Science
Location London, UK
2013 BD Architect of the Year Award (6th Form to University)
2013 Civic Trust Award Merit
2013 AJ Retrofit Award Finalist
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world’s leading centre for the study of social and political sciences.
As part of the ongoing development plan for the LSE campus the School purchased the Grade II listed Land Registry Building, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields. The building is located within the London Borough of Westminster and is included within the Strand Conservation Area. It is located on the south side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields at the junction with Serle Street and enjoys views over London’s largest garden square originally designed by Inigo Jones.
The property comprises approximately 11,500m² of internal space over eight storeys, with three principal facades. The building was constructed in the Edwardian period in two phases: the western and central portions of the building constructed in 1903-5 and the eastern portion was built in 1912-1913.
Our design transformed this historic building into a major academic and teaching facility on the LSE campus. The upper five floors house academic offices whilst the lowest three floors provide new teaching and student accommodation, including two Harvard style lecture theatres, cafeteria and break out spaces.
The refurbishment was sensitively carried out and a new single-storey contemporary entrance pavilion was constructed to cater for the student population.
'Our aim is to provide a world class setting for our students and we have worked closely with Jestico + Whiles to ensure that 32 LIF works as an academic venue while maintaining its historical character. It is a pleasure to see the building being enjoyed by staff and students.'
Julian Robinson, LSE Director of Estates