Finding space at LSE has always been a challenge. The School was established in the heart of London to engage with its institutions; its sense of community built around learning and ideas for societal impact, and less around rolling lawns and collegiate life.
An unintended consequence has been a lack of provision of space for activities that promote health and wellbeing. The new Marshall Building, which opens in 2021, will help to rectify this imbalance with high-specification arts and sports practice facilities.
The building has been made possible by transformative philanthropic support from Sir Paul Marshall, whose name it will bear. Across two of its basement floors, it will also offer a multipurpose sports hall, two full-sized squash courts, a dynamic weights room and three music/arts rehearsal rooms. There will also be an open viewing gallery into the hall and courts. The sports facilities, including the Sport England-standard multi- use sports hall, will give LSE sports teams a place to host matches with other universities and a place for their supporters to spectate, promoting community and a renewed sense of pride.
The Marshall Building’s RIBA award-winning design will be environmentally sustainable, provide innovative teaching and research workspaces, enhance the public space around Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and inspire future generations of students and academics.
We convene in the heart of London, the most global city in the world, but this necessarily means we can’t offer as much space for arts and sporting events as we would like,” says Virginia Beardshaw CBE (Diploma in Social Administration 1975), Chair of LSE’s regular giving programme.
“We’re doing the best with the facilities we have,” continues Virginia. “With the support of gifts from our regular giving community, over a number of years we have supported numerous students to achieve a greater degree of health and wellbeing, including LSE’s Sports Ambassador Ollie Cook, whose team won the men’s eight at the rowing World Cup for Great Britain in 2013, to achieve their dreams. And a particular pleasure of the past five years has been supporting women’s sports, including rugby and football.”
Virginia is also mindful that our staff and students need to be supported in other ways than intellectually. “A holistic LSE student experience is enhanced considerably by programmes which promote health and wellbeing,” she says. “And the Marshall Building’s facilities will help to deliver a great student experience.
The Marshall Building will also house The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, the Department of Management, Department of Finance and Department of Accounting, as well as research centres.Across two of its basement floors, it will offer a multipurpose sports hall, two full-sized squash courts, a dynamic weights room and three music/arts rehearsal rooms.
Contact LSE Philanthropy and Global Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org for how you could support sports and arts programmes at LSE.