The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has secured planning consent from Westminster City Council for its £140m Marshall building project at Lincoln’s Inn in central London.
The scope of the work involves the demolition of 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, formerly the home of Cancer Research UK, which will be replaced by a new 10-storey building to create 18,124 sq m of educational floor space.
Designed by Ireland-based Grafton Architect, the new building, dubbed The Marshall Building, will house The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, the academic departments of accounting, finance and management, teaching facilities, as well as sports and arts rehearsal facilities, including a Sports England standard multi-purpose sports hall for use by staff and students.
Demolition is expected to commence later this year, while the building is likely to be completed in early 2021.
LSE director of estates Julian Robinson said: “This is a major milestone in the delivery of our ambitious estates strategy, which seeks to create a world class estate and a university quarter fully integrated with the public realm.
“Our design brief called for a seminal university building and Westminster City Council have recognised that a combination of an outstanding architect and a committed client will deliver this vision.”
Besides Grafton Architects as designer, the project team includes ChapmanBDSP as MEP consultant and AKTII as structural engineer, Gardiner & Theobald as cost consultant and project manager.