A class act – the student’s story

Buildings aren’t just investments in bricks and mortar, they are investments in peoples’ lives. It’s been 100 days since the students at London School of Economics (LSE) moved in and Osborne caught up with them to get first hand, their first impressions on the Saw Swee Hock building and what it means to them.

Izzy Janssen who is studying 2nd year Law said: “It has really helped with the social side of things, people can meet up on the new terrace and integrate, where they didn’t before.”

Octavia Gale, a 3rd Year Government student, said: “Provides a great student-y vibe that really improves the LSE experience!”

Cleo Pearson, who is in the 3rd Year and studying Geography said: “I like the fact that student media is now more accessible and in a more professional environment.”

Jarlath O’Hara, Deputy Chief Executive for the Students Union at the LSE, said: “The new building has completely transformed the services that LSESU are able to provide and will result in a dramatic improvement to the student experience at LSE. From informal learning spaces, more accessible advice and other student-facing services through to the gym, bar and catering facilities and the fantastic multipurpose venue; the building offers impressive facilities in a wonderful setting from which every student can benefit.”

The Saw Swee Hock is one of Osborne’s most innovative and ambitious constructions to date, fulfilling the specification from LSE who wanted nothing less than the ‘the best student centre in the world’. It is set to become a landmark for both the university’s campus and for its Holborn location.