The project, set to be completed by November 2018, is LSE’s largest ever redevelopment and will provide new teaching facilities.
The redevelopment involves the construction of connected 13-storey and six-storey towers at the LSE’s Aldwych campus, housing lecture theatres, study areas, staff offices, a café/learning commons and a series of landscaped roof terraces.
The redevelopment requires demolition of four existing buildings, a process that started in June 2015. Following the demolition, construction is expected to start in July 2016.
Architect Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners has designed the building to score an outstanding BREEAM rating. Levels 2-13 of the new buildings will rely on natural ventilation and cooling through a complex external façade, solar shading and the use of exposed pre-cast soffits. In addition, the new towers will include bi-fuel CHP, photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting and a useable roof top green space.
LSE Estates director Julian Robinson said: “The construction of the CBR is the tallest, largest and most expensive project for LSE, which will dramatically enhance the learning environment for our staff and students. Undertaking a complex project of this size and scale requires a significant degree of technical expertise which is why we are pleased to have appointed Mace to deliver this exciting new development.”