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5 May 2009

LSE New Students’ Centre Competition Shortlist

Six architectural practices have been chosen to go through to the next phase in the competition to design a new Students’ Centre building for the London School of Economics and Political Science on its Aldwych campus.

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre design competition

View of the existing LSE site – Aldwych campus:
LSE New Students' Centre
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LSE Students Center Shortlist

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, London
David Chipperfield Architects, London
de Rijke Marsh Morgan, London
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, London
O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects, Dublin
3XN A/S, Copenhagen

The new Students’ Centre will play a vital role in enhancing the student experience and in furthering the LSE’s aim of creating a world class estate. The School’s ambition is to procure an exemplary piece of architecture which is innovative, sustainable and inspirational, which will be at the forefront of ‘Contemporary Westminster’.

A total of 133 architects from all over the world applied to take part in the LSE New Students’ Centre Competition.

Existing LSE Building – St_Philips:
London School of Economics Building London School of Economics Building
photos : Nigel Stead, LSE

Mark Dudek, RIBA Architectural Adviser for the LSE Students Centre competition said “Because of the high quality of the applications received, selecting the final six was extremely difficult. In coming to their decision the panel considered a range of criteria which include previous experience in the education and higher education sector and evidence of innovative design particularly in sensitive urban locations such as the St Phillips site. Ultimately the decision rested on evidence which illustrated how the successful team would respond to the challenge of building that must be both a learning environment and a venue in its own right”.

Julian Robinson, LSE’s Director of Planning & Development, added “Our job was very difficult, we had a stellar cast list to choose from, containing ‘starchitects’, safe bets and up and coming firms from around the world. The shortlist reflects the School’s desire to secure an exemplary piece of contemporary architecture – as this will be the first new building at our Aldwych campus for 40 years we are looking for something really special that will enhance the student experience and further our aim of creating a world class estate”

The six shortlisted design teams will now be given six weeks to come up with design concepts and these will be judged at the end of June 2009.

London School of Economics New Students Centre Design Competition information from RIBA 050509

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New Students’ Centre Design Competition : London School of Economics
6 Mar 2009

Expressions of interest from architects with exceptional design skills are invited for a competition to design a new Students’ Centre for the London School of Economics and Political Science on its Aldwych campus.

As the world’s leading centre for social sciences, the LSE is one of the largest colleges within the University of London and has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence nationally and internationally. The next step in the campus development programme is to dramatically improve its facilities by creating a new Students’ Centre.

The new LSE Students’ Centre will play a vital role in enhancing the student experience and in furthering the LSE’s aim of creating a world class estate. The School’s ambition is to procure an exemplary piece of architecture which is innovative, sustainable and inspirational, which will be at the forefront of ‘Contemporary Westminster’. Given the nature of the building, fresh and creative interior design skills will also be paramount. Expressions of interest are sought from architects who will be required to act as ‘Lead Consultant’.

The design competition will follow a two stage process, inviting expressions of interest at stage one. A shortlist will be chosen and invited to produce concept designs.

The deadline for expressions of interest in the LSE Student Centre Design Competition is 31 March 2009.

LSE Students Centre Design Competition information from RIBA 090309

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