Campus new signage

LSE Estate

Works completed

In the summer vacation of 2012 the LSE Estates team completed the final phase of the plan to rationalise and improve signage and wayfinding across campus. These works have included the complete re-signing and numbering of the vast majority of buildings across campus and the introduction of a new simple and intuitive external wayfinding system.

Now in the majority completed, this change in signage has improved the numbering of rooms throughout the campus by using a uniform and conventional system. This not only helps staff and students with their navigation through all buildings on campus, but has also served to remedy the existing broken and confusing system prevalent in many of the Schools older buildings. Full implementation of this new system is critical in achieving the intended outcome of taking students, staff and visitors from the campus edge right to the office door.

The new system will also allow for Departments to manage replacement of their own door inserts through pre-formatted insert templates that can be found on our Helpdesk and Services page.

This means the Estates Help Desk will NOT be responsible for managing and replacing door inserts in buildings where the new signs have been introduced. All the buildings that have now been completed are listed below:

  • New Academic Building (NAB)
  • Old Building (OLD)
  • Portsmouth Street (POR)
  • Sheffield Street (SHF)
  • Lincolns Chambers (LCH)
  • Cowdray House (COW)
  • 50 Lincolns Inn (50L)
  • The Anchorage (ANC)
  • 20 Kingsway (KSW)
  • Kings Chambers (KGS)
  • Connaught House (CON)
  • Clement House (CLM)
  • Lakatos (LAK)
  • Columbia House (COL)
  • Tower One (TW1)
  • Tower Two (TW2)
  • Tower Three (TW3)

Remaining buildings

The New Student Centre and 32 Lincolns Inn Fields will adopt the new system upon completion of the development works. However due to future redevelopment plans the following buildings will not have the new signage system introduced:

  • St Clements
  • East Building
  • Clare Market

Room renumbering guide

The old numbering system across campus did not conform to the standard convention used throughout other institutions, offices and residential facilities. The confusing nature of this system was further exacerbated through ad hoc changes in the layout of buildings, meaning numbering systems had become broken and disjointed. The new system (located within the LSE's Sign Manual Version 6), will bring the LSE into line with other major institutions and organisations and remedy previous mistakes. A synopsis of the new system is outlined below:

  • The existing building prefix will change from an arbitrary single letter to a three letter prefix designed to intuitively relate to specific buildings on campus, creating a far more logical association between code and building.
  • The first digit of the room number indicates the floor level.
  • Allocation of numbers will start from the most immediately obvious space at point of entrance to a building or arrival on a floor.
  • Numbering will be clockwise direction around clearly defined circular routes or zones.
  • In corridors numbering will be in sequence as you travel through the corridor i.e. across and down the corridor rather than consecutive numbers along one side and then another.

What all this will mean is that all numbers to all buildings will change in at least two ways:

  • the old single letter prefix will be dropped from the room number and;
  • a decimal point inserted between the level/floor ID and the room location number.

For example in Cowdray House J216 will as a minimum become COW 2.16. 

Where there are significant breaks in sequence or a confused numbering system the number of the room may be completely revised, as was undertaken within the Old Building. A review of the numbering in all buildings is currently being undertaken to ascertain where this may be required.


Should you have any queries regarding the new numbering system or wish to know more about how this may affect your department, please contact Phil Newsham on  Please see Signage Newsletter (PDF) and Campus signage archive for more information.