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LSE launches third major contest - this time for £100m building

The RIBA has launched an international competition for a new £100 million building for the London School of Economics

The proposed Paul Marshall Building will replace 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – an eight-storey post war office complex purchased by the university two years ago.

The development is expected to feature a new faculty, a nursery, staff accommodation and sports centre.

The competition is the third run by the RIBA for the prestigious university. O’Donnell + Tuomey’s contest-winning £21.5million Saw Swee Hock Student Centre was shortlisted for last year’s Stirling Prize and a competition-winning £120 million Global Centre for Social Sciences by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is currently on site.

LSE director of estates Julian Robinson said: ‘With a project value in excess of £100 million, the Paul Marshall Building presents a unique challenge for architects to secure a high-profile global scheme with the opportunity to design a new landmark university building in one of central London’s most important and historic areas.’

Six teams will be shortlisted following an open pre-qualification round. The finalists – set to be announced before the end of the year – will each receive an honorarium and be invited to compete in the contest’s design phase starting in January.

The deadline for requests to participate is 2pm on 19 October.

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