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Pedestrianisation of Sheffield Street

The final stage of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) development is the pedestrianisation of Sheffield Street and public realm enhancement.

The works are being undertaken by Westminster City Council and will complete in December 2014.

Project Team

Project Manager:       LSE Capital Development
Concept Architect:    O’Donnell + Tuomey 
Detailed Designers:   West One
Main Contractor:        Murphy on behalf of Westminster City Council

Their hours of working are 08:00 until 16:30.  The works have been undertaken in phases to maintain access to all surrounding buildings. Over the course of the works LSE have altered the phasing to suit the building requirements and extended the works into Portugal Street and St Clements Lane (SCL) which has delayed the completion date until December 2014.

The timelines for the works are as follows:

  • Phase 1 Entrance and adjacent road – COMPLETED
  • Phase 2 Portugal Street side – COMPLETED
  • Phase 3 Portsmouth Street side – COMPLETED
  • Phase 4 Side alleyway – COMPLETED
  • Installation of street lighting, trees and furniture – COMPLETED
  • SCL pavement and relaying of cobbles - due to complete November 2014.
  • SCL junction with Portugal Street – due to complete December 2014.
  • Paving in front of Parish Hall on Portugal Street, including reinstatement of  cycle hoops and LSE way finding cube – due to complete December 2014. 

The final scheme covers an area of circa 1128m² of new paving, drainage, lighting, cycle stands and planters at a cost of £1,147,800.

Capital Development would like to thank you all for your ongoing understanding and assistance with the construction of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and associated works and ask you to kindly bear with us a little longer whilst Westminster make these much needed improvements to the public realm.

For further information please contact Emma Lovegrove, e.j.lovegrove@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7747. 



Sheffield Street is an intimate route linking Portsmouth Street, St Clement’s Lane and Clare Market. These small streets with narrow pavements are used principally by students.

It is proposed to appropriate Sheffield Street as a pedestrianised apron to the Saw Swee Hock Student centre. This will significantly improve the universities public realm, aiding the campus foot-traffic flow between buildings, providing a legible focus for students’ campus activities.


The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre creates a central meeting hub for student activities. Its innovative design will be inspirational to users and the public as a civic piece of architecture at the forefront of ‘Contemporary Westminster’.

O’Donnell and Tuomey Architects have been retained by the LSE to design a new pedestrian space which responds to the innovative architectural expression of the new students’ centre, further grounding it within its immediate environs and connecting it to the greater urban context.

A continuity of material expression and careful attention to the detail of the new public realm provides a coherent, legible pedestrian street scape, greatly improving the existing public realm.

Materials and detail

All materials proposed for the pedestrianisation of Sheffield Street have been subject to rigorous research and testing to ensure that they comply with the highest requirements of the Westminster Way and are appropriate for their application.

Granite curbs, yorkstone paving slabs and brick setts are all of the highest quality and specification.  

A high quality street lighting proposal, with street furniture combining bins and planters, ensures that the public realm remains free from clutter and clearly legible as a direct design response to the guidance of the Westminster Way.

The material and detail is consistent with high standards set by the New Students’ Centre- “a design of exceptional quality providing a new focal hub for student life”- Westminster Planning Committee Report April 2011.