LSE Towers Reception, Aldwych

Completion Date 2018

Contract Value £1.8m

Client London School of Economics and Political Science

Phased development creating two new high impact entrances for LSE’s 1970s tower buildings, home to flagship research departments. The project transforms a once neglected corner of the campus into a dynamic uplifting addition to the LSE estate. Phase one involved conversion of a loading bay and two separate undersized entrances to create one showcase entrance and reception for towers one and two. The scheme incorporates social learning and breakout areas along with a small cafe.

The second phase, has remodelled the entrance of Tower 3 ensuring a consistent visual identity for the towers at ground level. The remodelling unifies disparate elements with a strong cladding design along with new public realm which lifts the whole of this part of the campus. Materials were chosen to work alongside the LSE brand red, using the colour in some areas but contrasting with it in others to create a bold, bright scheme.

The first phase of the project was short-listed for an AJ Retrofit Award in 2013.