London School of Economics

This award-winning £30m project was to convert the former Public Trustee building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Kingsway into the flagship New Academic Building for the LSE. The existing steel-framed building was U-shaped in plan with two bays separated by a central corridor and had seven storeys plus a double basement.

The project included demolition of the inner bay and corridor to leave the outer bay restraining the retained facade. New structure was inserted into the centre providing more flexible space, a central ‘street‘ through the building, a glazed atrium and raked lecture theatres in the lower ground floor. A large portion of the upper floors has been suspended from a storey-deep truss at roof level spanning 18m to provide large column free spaces in the public areas below. The project won an ACE Award for Engineering Excellence.