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LSE announces 'Paul Marshall Building' in honour of historic gift

LSE has named its 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields site as the Paul Marshall Building in recognition of the unprecedented gift by the philanthropist and financier. 

44 Lincoln's Inn FieldsIn April 2015 Paul Marshall pledged £30m to the School for the creation of The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, set to become a leading centre for innovation and expertise in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. The gift is the largest private donation in LSE’s history, and includes £20 million towards the redevelopment of 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

The redeveloped building will provide a new home for LSE’s Department of Management, Department of Finance and Department of Accounting, as well as housing new research centres and sporting facilities.

The Marshall Institute, which will also be located in the Paul Marshall Building, will provide teaching –including a master’s programme – research, and a collaborative forum to enable current and future leaders in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to increase the impact and effectiveness of private contributions to the public good.

LSE made the announcement as it launched an international design competition for the redevelopment of the site, purchased by the School from Cancer Research UK in 2013.

The School is once again working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to run the competition, and has invited expressions of interest from architects. Following a similar competition in 2009, the award-winning architects O’Donnell + Tuomey were selected to design the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2014.  Likewise, after a competitive process in 2013 LSE selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for its major Centre Buildings redevelopment, which is already underway.

In its invitation to architects and designers LSE has indicated it is looking for a design which will be environmentally sustainable, provide innovative teaching and research workspaces, enhance the public space around Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and inspire future generations of students and academics.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Marshall said,

“We look forward to creating a building which will be a magnet and a meeting place for social entrepreneurs and philanthropists. There could be no better place than the LSE in Lincoln's Inn Fields, a square full of history right in the heart of London."

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, added:

“We are hugely grateful to Paul Marshall for his contribution to the School, and are delighted to name the building in his honour.

The redevelopment of this site is another crucial step for LSE as we seek to create a world-class campus to match our global reputation. Alongside recent and forthcoming building projects, the redeveloped Paul Marshall Building will help us to provide a greatly improved student experience, better resources for research, and an enhanced capacity for public engagement.”

More Information:

LSE announces The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship (April 2015)

23 September 2015