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On 23rd June 2016, a vote is being held on whether the UK should leave from, or remain in, the EU (European Union).
We’ve boiled things down to the key advance facts: who can vote, how to make sure you’re registered and what to do if you can’t vote in person.
A bit of background first. A referendum is a vote that is taken on a question. In this case, the question is: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.
The UK is currently one of 28 nations that form the EU (European Union). This is an economic and political partnership, which is intended to allow goods and people to move across states as if they were one country (known as the ‘single market’). It has its own currency, the euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries. It also has its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas. Click here to read a basic guide to the EU.
Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, promised to hold one before the end of 2017, if he won the 2015 general election. This was in response to calls from the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). They argued that Britain had not had an option on membership since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in a referendum, and several changes had happened since.
Everyone who matches the the following criteria can vote:
Click here for a full list of the Commonwealth member states.
To vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
In Northern Ireland, you’ll need to download a Northern Ireland registration form to ensure you can vote.
To vote from overseas, you can apply for a postal vote or to place a proxy vote - read on for more information.
The deadline for registering to vote is 7th June.
Anyone who was registered to vote for the elections that took place across the UK on 5th May (including the Mayoral Election) will be registered for the EU Referendum. You do not need to re-register.
If your circumstances change - for example, you move home between now and the registration deadline - you’ll need to re-register using the address of your new property. Make sure you do that before 7th June at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you’re not sure if you are already registered, you’ll need to check by contacting the electoral registration office that represents your area. If you receive a polling card in the post, that means you’re already registered.
To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode at aboutmyvote.co.uk/uk-voters.
If you can’t vote in person, you can choose to vote by post or by proxy (someone else places your vote for you).
We’ll be posting more information about voting, including what to expect at the polling booth, in the run-up to the polling day (23rd June).
Seven years ago, LSE announced a competition to decide who would design the new student centre. Five companies were shortlisted and Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey eventually won. They went on to create the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre we see before us today, named after a generous benefactor.
Here are 7 things you may not have known about the building we love!
O’Donnell and Tuomey wanted to create a building with a similar feel to the buzzing Houghton Street. They dedicated the ‘totem pole’ through the centre as a poster space, to enable students to communicate.
Professor Saw received his PhD from LSE in 1963 and kindly donated £2 million towards the construction of the centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his graduation. It cost £24 million to build in total.
The hospital was originally used as a hospital for war refugees, before becoming a treatment centre for women who had suffered from ‘occasional lapses into immorality’ and contracted an STI!
This includes a number of ‘special bricks’ which were cast at angles, which can be seen at the front of the building. The perforated bricks create a sense of privacy (especially important for the gym and faith centre) while still allowing a view across campus and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It also features two concrete spiral staircases, nicknamed the ‘baby elephant’ and the ‘fat elephant’ by the architects.
The building has a very high BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) rating of ‘Excellence’, due to being carbon neutral, self-regulating temperature-wise and the fact that 90% of the waste generated by its construction was diverted from landfill.
The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre was named London Building of the Year in 2014 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, beating the Shard and was recently announced as a National award winner, too. LSE was named AJ100 Client of the Year in 2014 because of it.
It also won the 2012 New London Award (NLA) in the Education category for building design, and was shortlisted for the New London Awards 2014 (Civic Building Category), the Constructing Excellence Awards 2014 (Client of the Year) and the Building Construction Industry Awards (BCIA Building Project of the Year £10-£50m).
The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre isn’t the first building that O’Donnell and Tuomey have designed in London - they’re also behind the Photographers’ Gallery in Soho.
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