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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)


Shortlisted for AJ 100 Awards

Architects Journal survey the top 100 architectural practices each year.  As part of the survey they are asked to name the best client they have worked with during that year and the reasons why.  The LSE were identified as one of these clients and have been shorted listed for Client of the Year at the  AJ 100 Awards|,  The winner will be announced on 22 May 2014

Post Occupancy Opinions

LSE Estates commissioned a series of Vox Pop interviews with LSE staff and students, to record their initial impressions of the building and the facilities within.  View the film by Rod McAllister and William Pine entitled Saw Swee Hock Student Centre: Reaction and Reflection|

Positive comments| (pdf) made by members of LSE Careers were documented by Director Jenny Blakesley in an email to Julian Robinson.

SAW in the news

Since opening its doors on 6 January 2014 the centre has steadily been garnering praise from students, staff and architecture critics alike. Read more...|

Occupants' Guide

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre looking upSaw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) was officially handed over to the School on Wednesday 18th December 2013.

The building occupants arrived on Monday 6th January 2014.  See the Occupants' Guide| [PDF]. for more detailed information about the building features and services.

The new state of the art gym is now 'up and running'.


Sheffield Street is a public highway owned by Westminster City Council (WCC).  The project to complete the pedestrianisation of Sheffield Street| is being undertaken by WCC contractors.  The planned completion date for the works leading up to the entrance to SAW is April 2014 and the whole scheme completion is planned for July 2014.

Images and work-in-progress film

The live web cam| was used to monitor the projects' progress as well as the photographs in the Gallery of Images| and for our film which links photographs of works, see SAW Work in Progress film|.

For monthly news updates please see Saw Swee Hock Student Centre News|

The striking building design is by Irish architects O'Donnell & Tuomey, supported by an excellent design team which includes MEP consultants BDSP and structural engineers Horganlynch. The project team also includes project manager Turner and Townsend, and quantity surveyors Northcroft.

The LSE is seeking to transform the student social experience by building the best students' centre in the UK.  The site will become a student hub at the heart of LSE's campus and should add significant value to the student experience at LSE, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre includes:

  • the Students' Union reception
  • the advice and representation centre
  • sabbatical and general manager's offices
  • internet café and large venue spaces
  • a pub
  • a media centre
  • a fitness centre including gym and dance studio
  • faith centre
  • the LSE accommodation, sales and marketing office
  • the LSE Careers Service

To take a virtual 'fly through' the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre please see below:

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View our film on the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

LSE students Sophie Giscard D'estaing and Andrew Rajanathan are on a mission to find out why the School is building a new students centre in a short film on the New Students' Centre|.

LSE Annual Fund Logo|

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre design competition and consultation process was kindly supported by the LSE Annual Fund. For more information on how you can make a difference to life at the School see LSE Annual Fund|.