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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre


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Contributor(s): Sophie Giscard D'estaing, Andrew Rajanathan

Released on 17 February 2010.

LSE is known for having one of the most active student bodies in the world and LSE is working to create a world class building that will feature the best facilities for students and will enhance the student experience. In this short film, LSE students Sophie Giscard D'estaing and Andrew Rajanathan set out to discover why the School is building a new students' centre and what the building will look like. 'It's a shame to lose a very old building' comments Andrew after a tour of the St Philips building, which will be demolished to make way for the new centre, 'but it's not very practical right now is it? The corridors are really small and it's quite dark and dingy. I can see now why they want to change it.' The architects working to create a far more open and engaging building are Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey. But the new build is about more than designing a more accessible building. 'What we always hear from our societies is that they need bigger and better facilities to expand, to develop' says Aled Dilwyn Fisher, general secretary of the LSE Student's Union. 'The ambition will continue to grow and our facilities have to keep up with that. Having this new students centre on campus will show that LSE is committed to the student experience and in providing the best for its students.'Students from the Media Group agree that there is a need for new and improved student facilities. 'We're getting an editing room' says Mark Richardson, head of Loose TV. 'That's going to be an amazing resource to draw from. If you can't edit properly you're not going to be able to produce a professional production so having a professional style production room will be really good and will really take the society forward in the future.''We want a world class building, the best in the UK and we've set some very high environmental standards for this building' says Julian Robinson, head of Estates at LSE. 'I see this as an absolute career highlight. It's going to be very hard to top this building.

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