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30 April 2010 | PR 10/76

Sod cutting ceremony marks start of work on Loughborough University’s new Design Centre

Sod cutting ceremony

From left: Loughborough University’s Chief Operating Officer Will Spinks, Director of Facilities Management Andrew Burgess, Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce and Head of the Department of Design and Technology Tony Hodgson.

Work has officially started on Loughborough University’s new Design Centre, marked by the cutting of the first sod of land by Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce.

The Design Centre is the first project of a wider master plan for the East Park area of the campus, much of which was built in the 1960s.

The 7,760 m² building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the various design disciplines at the University, including the Department of Design and Technology, the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI), the Department of Ergonomics and the School of Art and Design (LUSAD).  It will feature innovative teaching and lecture space, workshops, offices, research space, studios, computer suites, a cafe and display area.

The Centre has been designed by Nicholas Burwell Architects and will be an eye-catching building due to the extensive use of zinc cladding and sheer glass surfaces on the external envelope.  An internal ‘street’ will form a main circulation space for students and staff, with glazed roof lights overhead to make the area bright and airy.

With contractors Shepherd Construction planning an early summer 2011 completion, it is anticipated that staff will move into the building for the start of the 2011/2012 academic year.

Professor Pearce said: “It is great to see work get underway on this important building.  Once completed it will provide a focal point for the different design related disciplines at the University, encouraging multi-disciplinary research and further enhancing links with business and industry.”

Phil Greer, Managing Director East for Shepherd Construction, added: “We are delighted to be working with Loughborough University once again and look forward to delivering this iconic building in 2011.”

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Notes for editors:

1. The Design Centre is to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating under the 2008 Bespoke BREEAM scheme, an EPC 'B' rating and 15% renewable energy provision.

2. 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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