AJ100 Client of the Year 2014

LSE has been named the AJ100 Client of the Year by the Architects' Journal for its outstanding contribution to UK architecture.

The award, announced on 22 May 2014, reflected the “innovation and quality” that LSE has shown with the construction of the highly-acclaimed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and its plans for a new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences building.

LSE was singled out for its “consistent patronage of high-quality architecture” and the use of design competitions to ensure fresh thinking from sophisticated practices.

It beat a strong field of six finalists for the AJ100 Client of the Year award, including Argent, British Land, Croydon Council, Derwent London, Peabody Trust and the University of Edinburgh.

Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, said: “This is a great honour. To even be shortlisted in the company of some of the biggest names in the British development industry was an accolade in itself, but to be recognised as the client who made the greatest contribution to UK architecture over the year is an outstanding result for the School. Being an effective client is hard work and this is a fitting reward for the Estates Capital Development team.”

EECO Awards 2012

The LSE wins Environmental Excellence for Camden Organisations Award 2012.

eeco-imageThe LSE has won the Environmental Excellence for Camden Organisations (EECO) Award for Advancing Renewable Energy Generation.

The award recognises the significant support of the LSE to renewable energy projects in Camden Borough, thanks to the photovoltaic (PV) panels the School installed on most of its Camden based buildings as part of its Carbon Management Plan.

Located on NAB, Carr Saunders and High Holborn, the panels were part of a broader PV installation successfully completed in March 2012. They have already saved around 4 tonnes of carbon, helping the LSE to reduce its carbon footprint in Camden Borough by more than 4% against the previous year. The best positioned PVs have also regularly outperformed their theoretical production.

Ines Carvalho, chair of the EECO Awards 2012 judging panel said: “LSE were worthy winners of the ‘Advancing Renewable Energy Generation’ award. After all there are only four LSE buildings in Camden, and three of them now boast solar PV installations. LSE’s approach is a textbook example of calculating payback periods and costs to produce an overwhelming business case in favour of going green.”

EECO-award-winnersThe awards ceremony was held on Thursday 25th October 2012 at the Wellcome Trust.

The EECO awards are supported by the Camden Climate Change Alliance - a partnership between Camden Council and local organisations of all sizes, across all sectors, working together to cut carbon emissions in the borough (

New London Awards 2012

NLA12_WinnerCapital Development are proud to announce that the NSC won the 2012 New London Award (NLA) in the Education category.  NLA is an Architectural competition that recognises the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.  The NLA jury were reportedly looking for a project of the highest design quality that demonstrates a positive impact on its surroundings and makes a wider contribution to life in the city.  Congratulations also go to the two other winners of this category, New University of the Arts Stanton and Williams and Stanley Park High (School) from Haverstock Associates.  See press release from NLA||  and pictures of the ceremony||

New Students' Centre awarded 'Outstanding' BREEAM rating 2011

In November 2011, the New Students' Centre was recognised as a low environmental impact building, receiving 'Outstanding' status under BREEAM|.

For further information visit the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre web pages.

Small budget, big impact 2011

Press release from the London School of Economics and Political Science

14 October 2011

LSE Makes a BIG Impact!

The School's recent public realm improvements have been included in a joint publication by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum. Titled Small Budget , Big Impact, the judges commented:

"This urban improvement scheme has revitalised the main gateways into the campus and enhanced the LSE's reputation by improving its civic presence."

The publication was accompanied by a short film in which the LSE was one of eight schemes showcased. Click on link to watch:|

Both the publication and film were launched at an event at the University of Westminster on 11 October 2011. Julian Robinson LSE's Director of Estates said:

" It is gratifying our efforts have been recognised. The campus greening programme, improved signage and wayfinding and additional provision for pedestrians and cyclists although small individually are beginning to make a step change in the quality of the campus."

To download a copy of Small Budget Big Impact |click here.