Rogers Stirk Harbour to design new facility for London School of Economics
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Rogers Stirk Harbour to design new facility for London School of Economics

19 Nov 2013

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has won a competition to design a new £90m centre for social sciences for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Global Centre for Social Sciences

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has won a competition to design a new £90m centre for social sciences for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The architectural firm beat off competition from OMA, Hopkins Architects, Grafton Architects, and Heneghan Peng to design the Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS).

The brief of GCSS includes the demolition and redevelopment of various existing buildings on Houghton Street and Clare Market on the school’s Aldwych campus.

LSE director of estates Julian Robinson said that each of the five proposals received contained innovative design responses.

"We intend this to be a seminal piece of university architecture so it was important we took time to get the decision right. The RSHP proposal goes beyond the school’s brief by giving us a new public square in the heart of the campus," Robinson said.

"We are looking forward to developing the designs with the RSHP team and are confident that the result will produce a highly sustainable and outstanding piece of architecture."

The RSHP team will now work with the LSE to complete the design.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners senior partner Ivan Harbour, who is leading the project, said the company is looking forward to an open dialogue with the school, so that the best environment possible is created for the university and its students.

"Our new addition to the campus will enrich the urban context and reflect the essence of the LSE," Harbour said.


Image: RSHP beat off competition from four other firms to design the Global Centre for Social Sciences. Photo: Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.