Project update - February 2010

The New Students' Centre, to be built on the current St Philips site, will house the Students' Union - including venue, pub, learning cafe, exercise studio, roof terrace coffee/juice bar, fitness centre, media centre, activities space, societies activities, advice and representation centres; Inter Faith Prayer centre; Residences; Accommodation; Sales and Marketing Office; and LSE Careers' Service.

Following intensive consultation with the Students' Union, Chaplaincy, Residences, Careers Services and the Estates Division, the project team successfully completed RIBA Stage C (outline design) in December 2009. The Project Team are now underway with Stage D (scheme design) and working towards completing this stage at the end of May 2010. We are pleased to report that the cost plan indicates the project is still on budget and the programme is being closely followed.

The planning application will be made at the end of February 2010. Stage 1 of the contractor appointment process commences mid February with the advertisement for interested contractors, who will be required to complete a prequalification questionnaire. Stage 1 appointments will be made in June 2010 whereby the contractor will provide the team with valuable buildability expertise. Demolition of the old St Philips Building will commence in January 2011. Construction work will commencein July 2011. The project is due for completion in December 2012.

The School's environmental aspiration for this building is a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of 'Outstanding' with a contractual requirement of 'Excellent'.

The Design Team for the project have been selected through the competitive process. The competition was run in two stages. Stage one included receiving expressions of interest in response to advertising. 138 expressions of interest were received and six teams were short-listed by a jury panel. Stage two involved the short-listed teams submitting design proposals. Staff, students and alumni were given the opportunity to vote for their favoured design via the online ballot system. Final interviews and judging took place on 22 June 2009. Dublin based practice O'Donnell and Tuomey Architects were chosen as the winners of the competition and appointed as lead architect with their teams of sub-consultant designers. LSE has also appointed Turner and Townsend as project manager, Northcroft as cost manager, Gardener Theobald as CDM coordinator and Anstey Horne as rights of light and party wall surveyor to assist in the development of the project.