As the fresh Lent term starts, so does the commission of the Marshall Building – the newest building in the LSE as of 2022. Follow me on this blog to look at the latest addition to this prestigious campus.
The new shiny Marshall Building
Situated in the middle of campus, the Marshall building is just next to the Library with nine floors and two basements. The building has three entrances: one opposite the Library, the Saw Swee Hock and one from Lincoln’s Inn Field. It houses the home of my department, the Department of Management, among others. In addition, the building has a new café, roof terrace, and many more spacious study spaces.
Ground Floor to Level 2
You can find the Beaver’s Brew café, serving a wide range of beverages, salads, and sandwiches similar to the Beaver Ridge café in the Central Building. As usual, you are entitled to a discount if you bring your own cup. Many study spaces are available from the ground floor to level 2, with choices for single users, pair, or even group students. Power sockets are available throughout the building. While levels 1 and 2 also house lecture theatres and teaching rooms. Level 3 to level 9 are the offices of various departments and Marshall Institute.
Basement 1 and Basement 2
Here is an even more magnificent part of the building: B1 and B2 floor are the LSE Gym, music practice room, and Sports Hall. On B2, you will find the multi-purposed sports arena, which can be adapted to serve various kinds of sports, designated by the colouring of the line (see below). So we can have badminton courts, basketball courts, or even a futsal arena if need be. Nearby on the same floor is LSESU squash courts and LSESE sports. Additionally, on B1, you can find the gym (check for the membership rate, they may put on the bargain from time to time!) and the rooms for LSESU, with dedicated bicycle parking areas on the same floor.
The building has several outdoor terraces where you can push the door to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. According to the building directory, the terrace accesses are on levels 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9. However, please check the eligibility of your credential before going beyond the communal study area. The most extensive roof terrace in the building with an impressive view and suitable for recreation is on level 8. It is limited to the staff and students in the department situated in this building.
After spending a day or two studying in the new Marshall building, I can say that it is a proud addition to the campus. Marshall has that inclusive vibe, spacious area, and multi-function purposes that make the most of our spaces.
For more information and details, please visit the official building’s user guide here.