Students arriving to study at LSE this year will have three additional halls of residence to choose from following major developments and refurbishments which will increase the School's bed stock by nearly 1,000 places (up to 3,400 in total).
The opening of new residences near Trafalgar Square and Spitalfields Market, with a combined capital value in excess of £50m, and the refurbishment and expansion of a hall in Bloomsbury heralds a period of previously unseen growth in residential provision at LSE.
Northumberland House, 8 Northumberland Avenue
LSE has taken a 35 year lease on the former Victoria Hotel, until recently home to the Ministry of Defence. With partners Masterworks Development Corporation, owners of the Club Quarters Hotel chain, the magnificent Grade II listed building, just off Trafalgar Square, is set to provide 358 en suite beds in single and twin rooms. Upon completion in September, the Wellcome Trust will procure a long lease on the residence. Bill Rammell, minister for higher education will formally open the building on 30 October 2006.
Lilian Knowles House, 50 Crispin Street
The School has entered into a 35 year 'Nominations Agreement' with Shaftesbury Housing Association to provide 361 beds in a building which comprises new build, a refurbished former hostel run by an order of nuns and a retained façade, Purcell House. The development consists of en suite rooms arranged as singles, studios and one bedroom flats. The deal will see Shaftesbury Housing Association provide full site management services to the School who will nominate tenants to the residence. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty and LSE governor, will formally open the building on 11 September 2006.
Passfield Hall, 1-7 Endsleigh Place
Passfield Hall, owned by the University of London and leased to LSE since 1948, is the School's oldest residence. A collection of Grade II listed Georgian houses knocked through, it has just undergone a £7m refurbishment to upgrade all facilities including full compliance with Disability Discrimination Act. The hall will house 227 students (up from 196) in a mixture of single, twin and triple rooms. The hall is catered and other facilities include a bar, secluded garden, computer suite and lounges. Dawn Somper, deputy mayor of Camden, will formally reopen the building on 21 September 2006.
With the opening of Grosvenor House in Covent Garden in 2005, the additional sites take LSE's total number of halls to 10; spread across five London boroughs. LSE students can now choose from an almost unrivalled range of locations, prices, packages and room types.
David Tymms, director of Residential and Catering Services said: 'The opening of nearly 1,000 beds this session will allow LSE to offer places in university accommodation of a high standard to all new undergraduates and most new postgraduates including students with disabilities. For a university in the heart of London to be able to do so is a fantastic achievement.'
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24 August 2006