44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

  • ClientLondon School of Economics
  • Duration 2017 to 2019


McGee provided its client, the London School of Economics (LSE), with an integrated delivery solution for its project “The Marshall Building” located at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn, London.

Encompassing asbestos removal, demolition and civil engineering works packages at the former home of Cancer Research UK, McGee was appointed directly by LSE for all three phases of works.

Commencing work on site in July 2017, the existing 8-storey building was demolished in a traditional top-down approach and a number of measures were taken to reduce noise and vibration to help minimise the impact of the works on our neighbours, as well as neighbouring properties which included two Grade II listed buildings.

Extensive civil engineering works included the installation of two levels of horizontal propping, piling works (secant wall and bearing piles), underpinning of the full perimeter, and installation of two tower cranes.  The Grade III basement required a raft slab and liner wall to be constructed.

This busy central London location required detailed planning and logistics to facilitate the extensive basement construction, and the fact that a neighbouring site was also being demolished with a follow-on basement excavation.  Amendments to our temporary works ensured both sites could continue their respective works in parallel.

Further amendments to our temporary works allowed the follow-on contractor to start their critical path activities early which meant they could begin the construction of the new building’s core whilst we continued with the basement construction.

100 tonnes of structural steel was re-used and re-purposed from Battersea Power Station, resulting in significant CO2 savings.

As part of our delivery solution, we used our own in-house labour and plant & equipment to deliver the project safely and on time.  McGee handed over to the follow-on contractor in March 2019.

The project was recognised with a Bronze Award at the 2019 Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards for achieving high standards in all areas of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice across Appearance, Community, Environment, Safety, and Workforce.

Kenneth Kinsella, Director of Capital Investments – London School of Economics and Political Sciences, said:       

“McGee involvement in the project has been highly successful, their approach and negotiations have enabled the project to develop despite potential programme issues, such that the solution enacted with McGee may now become the normal process for our major developments. It’s a testament to McGee that their approach enabled the LSE to maintain its programme. We would have no hesitation working with McGee in the further developments.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2021 and the new building will contain The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship and the academic departments of accounting, finance, and management.  It will also contain sports and arts rehearsal facilities including a Sports England standard multi-purpose sports hall for use by staff and students.

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Services covered

  • Decontamination
  • Demolition
  • Civil Engineering


  • Education