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15 January 2010| PR 10/04

University begins purchase of former Quality Hotel

Loughborough University has begun the process of purchasing the former Quality Hotel on Ashby Road, Loughborough.

It has exchanged contracts with the current owners and expects to complete the acquisition within the next few weeks.

It is the University’s intention to refurbish the property completely and to continue operating it as a commercial hotel, for the use of visitors to the area. This will help to benefit the local economy and also provide another valuable income generation stream for the University.

The hotel – which will be rebranded as The Link at Loughborough – will be managed by imago Ltd, the University’s subsidiary company, and will complement the facilities and services offered at Burleigh Court, the University’s existing hotel and conferencing facility.

“I am delighted that the University has been able to begin the purchase of the hotel and its land,” said Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to build on the strengths and successes that imago Ltd has achieved within the hotel, hospitality and catering industries, and to provide visitors to the area with additional high standard accommodation.”

The hotel sits on approximately four acres of land.

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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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

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