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LSE named AJ100 Client of the Year for architectural innovation

Saw_Swee_HockLSE has been named the AJ100 Client of the Year by the Architects' Journal for its outstanding contribution to UK architecture.

The award, announced last night (Thursday 22 May), reflected the “innovation and quality” that LSE has shown with the construction of the highly-acclaimed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and its plans for a new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences| building.

LSE was singled out for its “consistent patronage of high-quality architecture” and the use of design competitions to ensure fresh thinking from sophisticated practices.

It beat a strong field of six finalists for the AJ100 Client of the Year award, including Argent, British Land, Croydon Council, Derwent London, Peabody Trust and the University of Edinburgh.

Saw Swee Hock Students CentreJulian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE, said: “This is a great honour. To even be shortlisted in the company of some of the biggest names in the British development industry was an accolade in itself, but to be recognised as the client who made the greatest contribution to UK architecture over the year is an outstanding result for the School. Being an effective client is hard work and this is a fitting reward for the Estates Capital Development team.”

It is the second major award for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre| in recent weeks, following its RIBA London Building of the Year 2014 award, announced earlier this month.

The “impossible site”, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey, is recognised as a landmark building for LSE – the first commissioned in over 40 years – and will be followed up by the construction of the new Global Centre for Social Sciences on the School’s Aldwych campus. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have won the brief for that design, with a planning application due to be submitted in December 2014.

23 May 2014