LSE Centre Building

Commercial building

Key Details

2 Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AD
June 2019


The London School of Economics Centre Building in London WC2.

State of the art flexible and highly sustainable academic and teaching building.

- The Beveridge Cafe on the ground floor.
- Publicly accessible roof terraces on levels 2, 6 and 12.
- Secure indoor bicycle storage is available in the basement of Fawcett House; 32 bicycle parking spaces located adjacent to the building on Clare Market, St Clement’s Lane and Grange Court.

Environmental Standards BREEAM
- Narrow floors allow the upper floors to be naturally cooled using cross ventilation. Providing good access to natural light throughout the building;
- External shading system helping to reduce and control solar gain;
- Solid sections of the façade that remain permanently shielded from the sun;
- Many opening windows to allow for good ventilation
levels throughout the building;
- Blinds for privacy and glare control, not interfering
with ventilation;
- Exposed concrete throughout the building to absorb heat gains during the day;
- Night-time purging of the building to remove heat from the rooms ready for the next day’s use;
- If heating is on then only trickle ventilation is possible through the windows. If the windows are opened fully the heating shuts off in that room/area to reduce energy waste;
- “Miss-outs” office areas across all floors and the book end of the building remain open throughout. This allows fresh air and natural light into internal areas.
- Energy is provided by a combination of photovoltaic panels on the roof, a unique heat and power engine running on biofuel, with the remaining electrical energy provided by a renewable energy supplier via the national grid.
- Energy meters are installed within the building to allow the energy consumption of the building's systems to be monitored and regulated. Meters record the consumption of all the biofuel, electricity and gas used by the plant and equipment in the building.
- Electricity generated by the PV panels on the roof and by the combined heat and power (CHP) engine in the basement.
- The quantity of biofuel used by the CHP engine to produce both heat and electricity.
- Gas consumed by the boilers to provide heating and hot water.

RIBA London Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021


2019 June - The £125m building opened for the Summer School on Monday 17 June 2019.
2018 July - Topping Out ceremony.
Demolition was completed in December 2016.
Planning permission was granted in April 2015.

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Temple Underground StationCircle, District
Aldwych / The Royal Courts Of Justice - 1 min. walking / 40 metres1, 168, 188, 243, 521, 59, 68, 91, N1, N171, N343, N68, N91, X68


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