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LSE embraces Passivhaus

Like several other Universities implementing sustainability strategies, the London School of Economics (LSE) has turned its attention to adopting Passivhaus. It recently selected design teams for two impressive London Passivhaus developments - from supersized student accommodation along the Thames to updating a World War II building into a net zero conference & teaching centre. Both the schemes are at very early stages, and we eagerly anticipate following their progress!


Bankside Residences

The LSE Bankside Residences project will be at the existing Bankside House student accommodation building behind the Tate Modern. The design team is fine-tuning designs to target Passivhaus certification, LETI standards, WELL Standard, and BREEAM Outstanding.

Image © Filippo Bolognese Images   I   Quote - Julian Robinson, LSE Director of Estates: The new Bankside will be an extension of our world class estate and exceptional student experience.

Project: 2000-bed student accommodation

Standard: Targeting Passivhaus certification, LETI, WELL, & BREEAM

Budget: £400m

Start date: 2026, Expected completion date: 2030

Client/ developer: LSE & Bouygues UK, Architects: Carmody Groarke and Sheppard Robson

LSE Bankside  I  Image © Filippo Bolognese Images LSE Bankside   I   Image © Filippo Bolognese Images


Firoz Lalji Global Hub, Holborn

The Central London design embraces a strategy of adaptive reuse that will see over 60% of an existing World War II structure & two principal façades retained, hoping to make it LSE’s first net zero carbon building. The new centre will include conference facilities, academic and teaching spaces, digital labs, and a 350-seat theatre. A lightweight timber structure extends the building by two stories, giving further prominence to the reimagined large civic palazzo on the Lincoln’s Inn Fields façade.

Image © David Chipperfield Architects   I   Quote - Julian Robinson, LSE Estates: A multi-faceted brief and a requirement to deliver the School’s first net zero carbon building was a challenge. David Chipperfield’s inspiring design achieved our brief requirements and provides LSE with a seminal piece of university architecture.

Project: New centre with conference & teaching facilities

Standard: Targeting EnerPHit certification, Carbon Net-Zero, BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum

Start date: 2023, Expected completion date: 2027

Client: LSE, Architects: David Chipperfield Architects with Feix and Merlin, Passivhaus consultant: Max Fordham, Sustainability consultants: BDP & Arup.

LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub. Public Agora  I   Image © David Chipperfield Architects LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub.  I  Image © David Chipperfield Architects


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Discover more University campuses adopting the Passivhaus standard in the Passivhaus for Educational Buildings Campaign. If you are involved in the design, delivery, or occupation of University buildings – do not miss the detailed case study masterclass on the Schwarzman Centre for Humanities this September. It is one of the largest Passivhaus developments at the University of Oxford's estates.

Schwarzman Centre for Humanities © Hopkins Architects   UWE student residences   I   Image © Stride Treglown   Spencer Building © Wright + Wright architects



Further Information

LSE Bankside Residences

LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub

Passivhaus for Educational Buildings

Passivhaus Retrofit

LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub receives planning permission - 15 May 2024

Previous PHT story: Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities hits all the right notes! - 11th June 2024

Previous PHT story: Gold-standard extension for world class collection [Spencer Building] - 3rd April 2024

Previous PHT story: UWE 900-bed student accommodation nears completion - 14th December 2023

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