Lionel Robbins Building Library Refurbishment

London School of Economics & Political Science

Project Name: LSE Library Refurbishment

Location: LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Value: £333k

Principal Consultants: Architecture PLB, MSAFE Risk Management Ltd, CBG Ltd, Mortimer Isaacs

Project Duration: 8 weeks

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The project
Named after Lionel Charles Robbins, a prominent member of the economics department at the London School of Economics, the Lionel Robbins building is one of the largest libraries in the United Kingdom devoted to the economic and social sciences. The Library responds to around 6,500 visits from students and staff each day. In addition, it provides a specialist international research collection, serving over 12,000 registered external users each year.

Scope of works
The project comprised of the refurbishment and remodelling of the lower ground floor of Lionel Robbins Building. Works included new floor coverings, new furniture and layouts, new trunking and minor alterations to electrical floor boxes.

In addition to this, new wall heaters and acoustic screens were installed, along with lighting alterations and full redecoration throughout.

Collaborative working:
Due to restrictions on noise between 9am and 12pm, some of the works were completed out of hours in order to complete the works in such a short period of time.

This was a fast track programme of just 8 weeks where works were completed withing both time and budget. Building restrictions meant that some of the works had to be undertaken out of hours.