Plans for new campus accommodation unveiled by University
Loughborough University has revealed plans for potential new accommodation on campus.
Around £40 million would be invested in the project, creating sport-specific accommodation to secure Loughborough’s place as a training centre for elite athletes. It would also see the construction of new bedrooms to satisfy demand from new and returning students for places in halls of residence.
Subject to planning approval, the new accommodation will be built on a site adjacent to the existing High Performance Athletics Centre. Approximately 600 rooms will be built, including up to 70 student athlete rooms and 40 elite athlete rooms.
The rooms will have a similar design to existing accommodation on campus. Some will be specifically designed for elite athlete short term accommodation, including those with disabilities. State-of-the-art nutritional facilities will also be incorporated into this part of the scheme.
The student rooms will be a mixture of en-suite rooms and cluster flats that will have shared kitchen facilities.
A further feature of the project will be highly innovative and sector leading physical activity opportunities designed to support the well- being of students, staff and visitors. These plans will discourage the use of cars and promote cycling, walking and running in and around campus.
The development, when fully operational will result in the creation of between 30 and 50 new jobs
The proposed project start date is August 2017, with completion scheduled for September 2019.
Richard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at the University comments: “Our community partners continue to highlight a wish for the University to invest in student accommodation on campus so as to minimise the impact on housing in the town and the new proposed plans are our response to this.
“Our current residences are operating at full capacity as a result of existing student numbers. We cannot accommodate all those who would wish to be in hall.
“The dedicated sports accommodation element to this scheme will cement Loughborough’s status as arguably the best training environment for elite athletes in the country.
“This is an exciting project. It will deliver benefits on a number of fronts and will be of huge value to the University and our communities.”
Local residents are invited to attend a community briefing prior to the University’s submission of the planning application for the new development. The aim of the event is to gain feedback from residents and answer any questions.
The community briefing event is set to take place at The Link Hotel, Thursday 29 September, 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Light refreshments will be available.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.
Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.