HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened the LSE's redeveloped Lionel Robbins Building, declaring it a 'remarkable building' and the result of 'a very bold decision-making process.'
The Princess Royal, the Chancellor of the University of London, was greeted by LSE Director Anthony Giddens and chairman of the Court of Governors, Lord Grabiner, before unveiling a plaque and touring the building which is home to LSE's Library and a new Research Lab.
She met students and staff on the tour, including many of the Library team who she commended for 'moving books not once, but twice, which was an amazing achievement in keeping students happy.'
The Princess also praised the School's outstanding intellectual reputation which, she said, was upheld across the world, and said that with further plans for campus redevelopment LSE would certainly 'cement its international reputation'. Echoing the words of Lord Grabiner, she added that she was sure she would meet more alumni in the future who would say LSE had changed their lives - with the redeveloped Library contributing to that process.
More than 250 guests, including students, staff, alumni and friends of the School attended the opening ceremony, during which the Princess spoke to students at work in the Library, part of which remained open throughout.
The building was redeveloped by architects Foster and Partners, at a cost of £30m. It is the first major project completed in the £100m Campaign for LSE.
For more about the opening and background on the Lionel Robbins Building, see A Royal opening for a London landmark building.
27 November 2001