New Academic Building


"Many thanks for your excellent tour of the NAB on Monday. Our Nazarbayev University guests thought it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of their time in London. I appreciate this especially since it is such a busy time of year in the build up to Christmas.  I personally was also impressed by the high quality of the buildings you are now producing, a quality standard beyond that of many other UK universities." ~ Alexi Marmot, Professor of Facility and Environment Management, Head of School, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL University College London, December 2012.

"The New Academic Building will, at long last, provide LSE with an academic environment consistent with its academic reputation. It is the key which unlocks the future development of our 'snug' campus. Without it, we cannot hope to achieve our ambitions." ~ Howard Davies, Former Director

"Well, thanks. It's fun for me to have a chance to be here. I was actually telling folks on the way here the whole story; when I graduated from college, which is now a long time ago, I came to London on vacation and I wanted to see the London School of Economics and there wasn't one beautiful building like this one at the time and I think I wandered around for the better part of 45 minutes not quite sure which building was which, so to speak. So it was just really fun for me to have a chance to come in and say 'Wow! This looks pretty darn nice. You're living right here in the LSE'. I'm jealous." ~ Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft speaking to Management students in the SZ LT in NAB on 05 October 2010.

Opening of New Academic Building

queenArriving10_200x133On Wednesday 5 November 2008, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the New Academic Building to the great excitement of students and staff.

The Queen was given a tour of the building and listened to presentations from LSE Academics whilst also meeting LSE staff, donors and external contractors, consultants and architects involved in the successful completion of this magnificent building.


Some lucky students and staff from departments within the New Academic Building were also able to meet and chat with the Queen and Prince Philip.

This royal visit is a great accolade for the School and substantial mark of achievement for all those involved in the design, construction and implementation of this remarkable building, which at the time of opening had taken over two years and £46 million pounds to construct.

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BEFORE: LSE's new academic building facing Lincoln's Inn Fields



AFTER: The entrance facing Lincoln's Inn Fields.

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Key facts

  • 4 x lecture theatres including a 400-seater
  • 16 x seminar rooms and 2 x IT training rooms teaching rooms
  • Central atrium, café and retail spaces on ground floor
  • Student social interactive space within the atrium
  • Internet café and quiet study areas
  • 5 floors of academic office accommodation
  • Roof top pavilion with servery,  4 executive meeting rooms and terrace
  • One of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the area
  • Will permit the student body to grow from 7,500 to 9,000.
    (See Introduction to the School)

NB: All photos and artist's impressions © Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners except * which is reproduced with kind permission of Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects.

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