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9 November 2007 PR 07/141

Local dignitaries to open multi-million pound Business School extension

A £4 million, environmentally-friendly extension to Loughborough University’s Business School will be opened on 16 November by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Joe Tormey, and Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce.

The three-storey extension provides a new state-of-the-art home for the Business School’s Professional and Management Development Centre, which is responsible for running a wide range of executive education programmes. It nearly doubles the building’s previous size, adding new teaching and seminar facilities, break-out areas, a café and staff offices.

The extension is the manifestation of Professor Ian Davidson’s vision as Director of the School for a bespoke, environmentally friendly centre of excellence, and reinforces the School’s standing as one of the top providers of business and management education and research in the UK.

“In today’s environment of sustainable development, the Business School extension stands out as an example of how good design, complemented with computer-controlled ventilation and air-circulation systems, can provide a high quality, low energy environment for professional development programmes,” says Professor Davidson.

Designed by CPMG Architects and built by Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, the building has been designed from the outset to be low energy. Its integral air-ducting system, together with controlled ventilation openings and natural convection, enable even temperatures to be maintained in the building without the use of air conditioning.

The extension’s geometry is curved to match the existing building, but the materials are deliberately different to distinguish the two parts of the building.

Work on the development began in August 2006 and was completed in September 2007.

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  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the opening of the Sir Richard Morris Building extension, which will take place on Friday 16 November at 12.30pm. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, in advance, on 01509 222239 if you wish to attend.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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