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SSDA 2020 Commendation for London School of Economics

We are proud to have received a Commendation for The Centre Building, London School of Economics at the 2020 Structural Steel Design Awards.

A total of 22 diverse projects from around the UK that highlight steelwork’s numerous attributes made it onto the shortlist, including Billington Structures project The Wave, Coventry.

Recognised at the Awards for the high standard of design achieved, The Centre Building is situated at the heart of London School of Economics’ (LSE) campus.

Working with main contractor Mace Group Ltd, Structural Engineer AKTII (London) and Architects Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners, the new 13-storey building is the largest and highest building commissioned in LSE’s history, offering spectacular views across London’s skyline. Built in two sections, 6-storey and 13-storey structures interlinked by an atrium, the Central Building Redevelopment (CBR) project replaces four previous buildings that were demolished.

With a gross internal floor area of 15,507 m2 the scheme also includes a new landscaped public square. Collaboration was key throughout the £125m project (£78m construction costs) due to the confined inner-city site and complexity of the requirements.

Judges comments on the project were;

“Carefully crafted, exposed steel frame building, worked into an extremely constrained university campus site. Close collaboration between the design team and steelwork contractor has produced a high-quality appearance to the steelwork with careful attention paid to the connection details and paint finish. Exposed external bracing, with expressed connection details, bookends the lean steel frame of each block.”

The awards are jointly sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd.