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17 March 2010 | PR 10/50

Double delight for SportPark construction firm at industry awards night



Loughborough University’s iconic SportPark building helped construction firm Baggaley scoop an awards double at the Chartered Institute of Building’s Committed to Construction in the East Midlands Awards 2010.

Baggaley walked off with the Committed to Excellence & Quality Award and the Committed to Sustainability Award for its work on SportPark, which incorporated a number of green technologies and modern methods of construction techniques, including ground source heating, natural/passive ventilation and a green roof.

The building is currently achieving a BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating of excellent and is working towards accreditation confirmation, which would be a first for any building on campus. 

Baggaley Construct Project Manager Mark Greasby, who worked alongside the Loughborough University team including Director of Facilities Management Andrew Burgess and building Project Manager Martin Channell, said: “These awards recognise the fantastic work and achievements of all members of the project team.”

Comprising three linked pavilions situated at the west entrance to the University campus, SportPark is already home to several national sport bodies including Volleyball England, the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association, UK Talent and the Youth Sports Trust, with British Swimming and the Amateur Swimming Association, English Federation of Disability Sport and the Institute of Sport and Recreation management all due to take up residence in the coming weeks.

The University aims for SportPark to become a key national hub for sports development and a centre for sharing, innovation and creative working and was highly praised last month by Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport Ben Bradshaw in a visit to the site.

Loughborough University Deputy Director of Sport (Operations) Tim Garfield added: “SportPark is still in its early days but the success it has already achieved, in terms of both the organisations that have been attracted here, the recognition of its outstanding construction and the sharing and learning it’s encouraging all show that SportPark is fast becoming a location of choice for national sports bodies.

“My congratulations go to Mark and his team and my colleagues here at Loughborough for collaborating to deliver us a World class building'”


For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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 has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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