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Grafton Architects & heneghen peng Shortlisted for LSE’s Global Centre for Social Sciences

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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The London School of Economics (LSE) has revealed designs from the five architects shortlisted for its next major building project, the £90m Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS).  Two Irish practices, Grafton Architects and heneghan peng, are among those shortlisted and their proposals are currently displayed anonymously at the univeristy's library.

This international competition, run in conjunction with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), follows on from the LSE's new Students’ Centre by Dublin-based architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, who were also selected via an RIBA competition in 2009.The scheme involves the demolition and redevelopment of a number of existing buildings on its Aldwych campus, the brief for the GCSS calls for world-class architecture so that its estate is comparable with its international academic reputation. 

Julian Robinson, LSE’s Director of Estates said: “We believe we do design competitions well; mid-term design workshops with each of the teams helped to ensure they understood the brief and didn’t waste time and effort on tangential issues. The LSE does not have easy projects and always sets tough design challenges. As a result the amount of analysis and intellectual effort that has gone into the designs is staggering.  The teams have done a remarkable job in the time available.”

“This will be the LSE’s biggest ever building project and will transform the heart of our campus. Given its scale it will be a landmark building and its legacy will endure for many generations of LSE students so it is vital that we make the right decision.”

In late October the teams will make a presentation to a Jury Panel chaired by Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE, with an announcement on the winning team due in early November.

Team A

Team A - Global Centre for Social Sciences


Team B

Team B - Global Centre for Social Sciences


Team C

Team C - Global Centre for Social Sciences


Team D

Team D - Global Centre for Social Sciences


Team E

Team E - Global Centre for Social Sciences

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