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LSE Names Bouygues UK-Equitix Consortium as Partner for Bankside Student Accommodation 

LSE Names Bouygues UK-Equitix Consortium As Partner for Bankside Student Accommodation 
19 December 2023
 

2,000 new student homes will be built in London’s Bankside for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Situated behind the Tate Modern art gallery, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) student accommodation aims to be “an exemplary piece of civic architecture which is affordable for all LSE students.”

LSE is the first verified carbon-neutral university in the UK, and the development will follow the required sustainability principles to complement this. The university’s direct emissions have reduced by 44 per cent since 2005, despite an increase in campus size and student numbers.

The university has selected the development arm of Bouygues UK (Linkcity), working in consortium with Equitix, to provide investment and develop building plans for the project. The companies will select a design team and work up proposals for a planning application in early 2025.

Construction is expected to start on site in 2026, with completion earmarked for 2030, ready for students to move into at the start of the academic year.

Julian Robinson, LSE Director of Estates, said: “We are excited to be working with Bouygues UK and Equitix on this project. This new building will form a key part of the LSE brand and identity. We will be looking for an exemplary piece of civic architecture which is affordable for all LSE students, focuses on environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing and offers an outstanding student experience.”

Oliver Campbell, Development Director at Linkcity added: “In line with LSE’s values, we will be putting climate and diversity at the heart of this project in order to deliver a vibrant, sustainable and truly inclusive space for students coming to live and study at LSE from across the world. We are delighted to been named preferred student accommodation partner and together with our partner Equitix, with our large portfolio of student accommodation across the UK, we’re excited to get started on this project for such a highly-revered and forward-thinking university. 

Picture: a photograph showing the rear of the Tate Modern. St Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the background. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 19 December 2023

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