The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has invited expressions of interest for its next major building project: the redevelopment of 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which will be known as the Paul Marshall Building.
LSE is committed to creating a world-class estate with buildings and facilities that are equal to its international academic standing. LSE is one of the world’s leading universities with a truly global reach, competing for students and staff with Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Stamford.
LSE has established a reputation in the last decade of commissioning high quality, innovative and sustainable architecture. The construction of a major new university building on the site of 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields will cement this reputation. This international competition, run in conjunction with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), follows the School’s previous two successful RIBA competitions.
In 2009 RIBA Gold Medal winning architects O’Donnell + Tuomey were selected by LSE to design the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2014. In 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were selected for the LSE Centre Buildings redevelopment which is currently on site.
The School has now instigated its third RIBA international design competition to procure a design response which will achieve the following:
- The new building will play a key role in promoting the values, ethos and brand of LSE
- Its contemporary high quality design will inspire future generations of students and academics and will be regarded as a seminal piece of university architecture in its historic setting overlooking Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London
- Innovative and adaptable teaching and research workspaces that combine the best of old and new methods of student centred learning and academic enquiry/scholarship
- The building will be integral to the transformation of the campus and enhancement of the public realm as well as contributing to the quality of its unique neighbourhood
- Environmental sustainability and carbon minimisation will be fundamental aspects of the building’s identity
The Design Competition is a two-stage process. Expressions of Interest will be sought in September, following which a shortlist of up to six design teams will be selected before the end of the year. The competition brief will be issued in January 2016 and from the submissions the winning team will be selected. All shortlisted teams will be paid an honorarium.
Julian Robinson, LSE’s Director of Estates said:
“With a project value in excess of £100m, the Paul Marshall Building presents a unique challenge for architects to secure a high-profile global scheme with the opportunity to design a new landmark university building in one of central London’s most important and historic areas.”
Paul Marshall is a major benefactor of LSE, recently contributing £30m for the creation of the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which was purchased by LSE in 2013 from Cancer Research UK, will host the new Marshall Institute alongside a number of academic departments and research centres, following completion of its redevelopment.