The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating for its new students’ centre. The £24m project is the 17th building in the world to gain this status. It is the first higher education establishment in London to do so.
The building surpassed LSE’s original aim to achieve BREEAM Excellent and scored 86.45% at the interim development stage.
Designed by architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, the build is being led by civil engineering and property services firm Osborne. The centre will cater for the college’s 9,000 students and will include a venue, a pub, a roof terrace coffee and juice bar and a learning café as well as a fitness centre, media centre, an inter faith prayer centre and a careers service. The six-storey and double basement level project is based on Sheffield Street, WC2 and comprises 65,671 sq ft.
To achieve BREEAM Outstanding, the team collaborated closely with the LSE, with the design team taking a very proactive role. The building will feature a combined heat and power unit (CHP), photovoltaic panels and grey water recycling.
During the construction phase, contractors will manage energy, water and waste streams and minimise consumption.
John Craig, head of Osborne’s education team, said: “This is a landmark design with green credentials that will become London’s most sustainable higher education building. Delivering a BREEAM Outstanding design exceeds the brief and this rating has only been achieved by the team collaborating closely together under LSE’s direction.”
Julian Robinson, director of estates at LSE, added: “. Sustainability has been a key factor for the School from the very start of this project so it is pleasing to have achieved our aim of creating not only a suitable home for our Students’ Union, but one of the 'greenest' buildings on campus.”
The building is scheduled for completion in late 2013.
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