Affordability Is The Prize At London School Of Economics

A joint submission by architects Carmody Groarke and Sheppard Robson will deliver affordable student accommodation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The development will go forward with partners Bouygues UK and Equitix. 

There will be a particular design emphasis on sustainability, health, student wellbeing and affordability.

Taking the place of the existing Bankside House student accommodation building located behind Tate Modern, the design is developed around the idea of three ‘houses’. The accommodation will target a provision of up to 2,000-beds, grouped into three communities of around 650 students, housed in individual buildings. The three ‘houses’ are connected at the lower floors and via garden terraces.

The creation of three blocks and the distribution of social and amenity space within each building aims to break down student numbers into manageable communities . With one front door ‘welcoming all’, orientated towards both the LSE campus and Tate Modern, the design strengthens the connections between key institutions whilst leaning on a ‘living room’ entrance concept and creating an environment that prioritises a positive living experience with comfort and convenience. 



The scheme set targets of Passivhaus certification and LETI standards as well as WELL Standard and BREEAM Outstanding, which will be developed in the next stages of design. 



Julian Robinson, the director of estates at LSE, says: “The new Bankside will be an extension of our world class estate and exceptional student experience.”

Ian Spencer, the director of residential and catering services at LSE, adds: “We will create lasting communities amongst LSE students and with ample amenity space, including a restaurant and garden terraces, we are providing our students with excellent spaces to live, work and socialise.

Ben Leech, MD of the investments arm at Equitix, says: “We are delighted to confirm Carmody Groarke and Sheppard Robson as the preferred design team for the LSE Bankside Residences Project, which will be delivered in partnership with Equitix and Bouygues UK.”

Phillippa Prongué, Bouygues UK’s MD for London and the South East, says: “The design embodies our shared vision for the development and aligns with our commitment to creating sustainable and inclusive spaces. We are looking forward to bringing this exceptional design to life.”


Picture: The winning team and designs for LSE Bankside student accommodation have been revealed.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
02nd May 2024


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