London School of Economics

Strategy

New Academic Building

The LSE selected ZZA as Space and Briefing Advisers to develop the new building’s space strategy, prior to selecting Grimshaw as architects. We engaged with academics and administrators to assess their needs and enlist support for spatial quality, productive use, and sustainable building performance. We also championed space for students. The process achieved significant step changes in the space budget, increasing efficiency and delivering five floors of high quality academic space, fine lecture, teaching, study and social spaces. The architects valued ZZA’s collaboration, inviting us to work with them on future projects.

Research hub

Engaging with the LSE’s separate research centres, ZZA forged a brief for a central research hub in the existing Towers Building. This realised project comprised enhanced space for individual work and collaboration, support facilities, and a visual image to project the stature of work done inside.

Campus quality and study space

ZZA has undertaken serial studies of student perceptions of the LSE campus, to benchmark Estates’ performance and guide delivery. Evidencing the importance that students place on campus quality, and the high priority they place on study space, our work has helped LSE Estates align infrastructure with students’ expectations.


Evaluation

Post occupancy evaluation

ZZA’s various POEs of LSE buildings capture the experience of students, academics and administrators in new and adapted buildings, and refitted interiors. Our POE of the widely acclaimed See Saw Hock student centre is described in the book on the Centre’s realization, and the Summary of the Full Report is on LSE Estates’ website. ZZA’s evaluation of LSE LIFE, an innovative learning environment in the main library evidences successful adaptive re-use, and the positive impact of thoughtful, tailored services and proactive curation.

Process evaluation

Our evaluations for the LSE include Process Review, examining the evolution of new projects as experienced by team members’ who contribute the outcome. LSE’s objective is to feed the learning into future design and construction in Estates’ ambitious programme of campus development.
he main library evidences successful adaptive re-use, and the positive impact of thoughtful, tailored services and proactive curation.