Open House Festival

The Marshall Building - London School of Economics and Political Science


Grafton Architects, 2021

The Marshall Building, 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PF

A large multi-purpose building occupying a pivotal position at the southern corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The building provides state of the art, flexible teaching spaces on the lower levels and faculty accommodation on the upper levels.

Getting there


Charing Cross, Temple, Holborn


Blackfriars, Waterloo, Charing Cross



Accessibility notes

The tours generally involve quite a lot of stairs. Alternative routes will be offered for those who are not able to manage this.

What you can expect

Weather permitting, the tour will include a visit to the 8th floor roof terrace, affording great views across London.


Why was the building needed?

One of LSE’s main objectives is to create a world class estate commensurate with its international academic standing. The Marshall Building designed by Grafton Architects is a seminal new addition to LSE’s campus. The large, multi-purpose building occupies a pivotal position at the southern corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The site was originally occupied by Cancer Research UK. The original 1970 brick building was described by Historic England as ‘making a negative contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation areas, likely due to its substantial scale and architectural design, which lacks in visual interest to Lincoln's Inn Fields and presents fragmented series of closing elevations onto Portsmouth St and Portugal Street'.

Who designed the building?

LSE held an international design competition organised
by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Over 80 expressions of interest were received; six firms were short-listed and submitted proposals in January 2016. Public consultation was included as part of the competition evaluation process.
In April 2016 LSE selected Grafton Architects as the
architects and lead consultant of a multi-disciplinary
team for the new development.

Who delivered the building?

Mace were appointed as the principal Design and Build
contractor for the project responsible for construction

How sustainable is the building?

The building has been assessed against BREEAM
(Building Research Establishment’s Environmental
Assessment Method) and has achieved an interim
design stage BREEAM certification of
It has also been assessed against Part L of the Building
Regulations for energy efficiency, achieving an Energy
Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of B.
The building has a range of features to help lower
energy consumption during its operations.

What is in the building?

The building provides state of the art, flexible teaching spaces on the lower levels of the building and faculty accommodation on the upper levels for the departments of Management, Accounting, Finance, Financial Markets Group; Systemic Risk Centre as well as the Marshall Institute. The Great Hall on the ground floor delivers over 800m2 of flexible and convivial civic space, being traversed and used by hundreds of people each day. It also provides a perfect setting for large-scale events such as exhibitions, talks, dinners and open days, that will enable us to welcome prospective students, alumni, friends and partners to our campus. Levels 1 and 2 are dedicated teaching and learning floors.
The building has 6 Harvard style theatres seating 89-90 people; 1 x 60 seat conference space; 4 x 40seat; 2 x 20 seat teaching rooms.

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