LSE, The Marshall Building, London, UK

Founded in 1895, the London School of Economics and Political Science is a leading Russell group university with more than 11,000 students. The university has a long tradition of employing signature architects and designers to design innovative and high-quality buildings.

In April 2016, LSE announced that Dublin based practice Grafton Architects had been selected as the winners of the international architectural competition to design the 17,200 sqm Marshall Building at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The building houses a number of departments and facilities including Management, Accounting and Finance as well as a café and sports hall. Planning was granted in June 2017 and Mace was appointed under a two-stage design and build process in December 2018. The building opened in January 2022.

Image Credits: Grafton Architects

Plan A’s Key Responsibilities

  • Our key role was to minimise the commercial risk of appointing a large sub-consultant team to Grafton Architects through ensuring alignment of their scopes and monitoring of their deliverables.
  • Preparation and distribution of sub-consultancy agreements, and invoice management of sub-consultants.
  • Established an invoicing protocol to provide clarity on what should be invoiced and when.
  • Project: LSE, The Marshall Building, London, UK

  • Sector: Education

  • Architect: Grafton Architects

  • Client: London School of Economics (LSE)

  • Size: 17,200 m2

  • Structural engineering: AKTII

  • MEP engineering: CBDSP

  • Plan A Appointed: RIBA Stage 2 - RIBA Stage 5

We were very pleased to have Plan A's support on the Marshall Building for the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Plan A collaborated well with us so that design management issues related to team organisation, programme and reporting were properly addressed.

Director, Grafton Architects
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