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Expanding and enhancing facilities at London Business School

By Toni Bouteldja, Director, Campus Services and Developments

As we start the run down to the festive season, and subsequent closure over Christmas, our Campus Services team will be gearing up for one of their busiest periods.

Whenever there is any downtime in teaching, we make the most of campus being significantly quieter and are able to tackle various electrical, mechanical, building and decorative works. Maintaining a campus of this size (over 40,000 sq metres across three main hubs and numerous satellite buildings) is a massive undertaking, and we are running a continuous programme of enhancements and improvements all year round.

London Business School is considered one of the best institutions of its kind in the world, so it's no surprise we are fast outgrowing our facilities. For those new to the School, last year the Grade II-listed Old Marylebone Town Hall and Library Annexe was transformed into a state-of-the-art teaching centre, Sammy Ofer Centre, which links the new lecture theatres seamlessly to the refurbished period buildings. We’ve mixed new with the old – crafting a space where people can interact but also find a quiet space to study.

The expansion doesn’t stop here; there are significant plans to develop the campus and open new buildings over the next five years. Our aim is to create an environment that supports and inspires, helping people achieve their fullest potential.

Trying to grow the campus within the School’s existing footprint and with minimal impact on students and staff is no easy feat. Like many businesses, we finds ourselves constantly having to innovate whilst maintaining business as usual; attracting top talent and providing access to the very best teaching facilities.

Over the 22 years I have been working at the School, it has transformed massively. It was a lot smaller when I first started and it felt more like a place of education. It’s a business now, and as a result expectations are much higher. We need to pre-empt every possible need for our diverse pool of students, guests and employees.

The way Campus Services and Developments manages the School space and facilities has a direct impact on our results and rankings. The satisfaction and performance of students, for example, is not simply dependent on academic results but also the quality of the space, reception, wellbeing and other facilities. Catering is a great illustration, as it is all part of the experience for our entire community. We’ve really developed the offering over the years to reflect our international student and customer base – the variety and quality of food that our chefs provide is truly world class.

Keep an eye out for more communications from the team in the coming weeks, informing you about forthcoming works and providing you with an update on our projects over the last few months.