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London South Bank University Hub


Location Client Cost Size Completion
Elephant and Castle, London London South Bank University £42 M 20,466sqm Practical completion April 2022 | Fit-out between May 2022-July 2022

Project details

The LSBU Hub forms part of the major transformation of the Elephant and Castle campus for London South Bank University (LSBU). This complex refurbishment and remodelling substantially increases the provision of flexible teaching and learning space for the university in the heart of the campus. BDP designed the building services engineering, including acoustics, lighting, sustainability consultancy, and town planning working in conjunction with WilkinsonEyre architects.

The major refurbishment to an existing 1970s building removes many of the internal walls converting the cellularised teaching and office space into an open plan library, student skills and department specific teaching space whilst retaining some of the existing spaces such as the sports hall, lectures theatres and media studio. The façade has been significantly upgraded providing both improved thermal performance including solar glare control, and improved acoustic performance, which is critical on the noisy London Road façade.

The building services systems have been designed to be compatible with the estate wide systems and maintenance strategies, using LSBU design guidelines.  Simple robust design solutions have been implemented throughout the building; mechanical ventilation is provided for the majority of spaces with minimum fresh air supplemented by space heating and cooling.

BDP’s town planning team gained full planning consent for the redevelopment in 2019. Our planning strategy also looked to address an existing Section 106 legal obligation requiring the University to provide community sports provision from the building, which would be interrupted by the construction period. We successfully negotiated a variation to this obligation, with the University obtaining replacement facilities to avoid interruption of this local service to its students and the community. We also obtained planning permission for temporary lecture theatre facilities to ensure continuity of teaching during construction.


  • brief developed through extensive stakeholder consultation with multiple departments
  • complex refurbishment and remodelling of 18,000sqm of flexible teaching and learning space
  • planning engagement and application for the building and its decant facilities
  • complex Section 106 negotiations on replacement sports facilities


  • refurbishment of post-war higher education building
  • extensive liaison with London Borough of Southwark planners and local interest groups
  • retained the existing structure 
  • building services solutions which work with the deep concrete downstand beams
  • embodied carbon was reduced significantly compared to a new build and less than 50% of the LETI/RIBA 2030 new build target
  • BREEAM Very Good
  • planning consent for an upgraded building providing modern teaching spaces
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers Award 2022

Integrated services

building services engineering, acoustics, lighting, town planning