London School Of Economics

The LSE selected ZZA as Space and Briefing Advisers to develop and manage the space agenda for school's New Academic Building, prior to selecting Grimshaw as project architects.

ZZA's approach was to promote the building's value in terms of usage. We engaged with academics and administrators, assessing their needs and enlisting support for space efficiency, spatial quality, interaction and sustainable building performance. We also championed space for students. The process achieved significant step changes, including optimised floor plates, increased resource efficiency, a valuable range of new facilities, and environmental design. Following the key stakeholders' acceptance, the proposals became the basis for the RIBA Stage C proposals, and delivery of the building's fine lecture, teaching, study and social spaces, in addition to five floors of high quality academic workspace.

Engaging with the LSE's research centres, ZZA followed a similar process to forge a strategic brief for a central research hub. Realized in the LSE's existing Towers Building, and opened in 2012, the project has delivered important synergies, including individual and interactive space at a higher standard than the respective centres had on their own, relevant support facilities, and a strong image and showcase to signify the importance of their work.