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10 April 2008 PR 08/45

Enabling work gets underway for Loughborough University SportPark

Enabling work for Loughborough University’s new SportPark building has begun this week (week commencing 7 April) at the West End of campus.

A seven-week programme of work to prepare the site between Oakwood Drive and the A512 Ashby Road is now underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of May 2008.

Contractors are preparing the ground ready for the main scheme which is due to start in June. The nature of the enabling work involves heavy excavation machinery on the site ground contouring, excavating and moving soil. There will also be some large machinery and tipper lorries moving on and off the site.

The affected area will be cordoned off and the site protected with appropriate boundary fencing and signage. Whilst every effort is made to reduce any disruption, the University apologises for any disturbance to local residents.

The SportPark is an exciting project that will bring sporting organisations together on campus, enabling them to share best practice more easily and reinforcing Loughborough’s position as the national centre for sport. A building of three interlocking wings of three, four and five storeys in height, designed in sympathy with its natural surroundings and satisfying a number of ecological and bio diversity conditions, received planning permission from Charnwood Borough Council in March 2008.


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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 fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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