Here at Loughborough, we want the campus to reflect the inspirational sporting and wellbeing activity that goes on throughout the year.
By altering the physical, technological and environmental features on-site at the new hall of residence, we aim to:
- Create an active setting encouraging wellbeing and fitness engagement
- Link the new hall with the wider campus and facilities
- Positively promote and respond to the existing vegetation, landscape and ecology on campus.
Focusing on these three key areas a range of physical features, technological and environmental features will be incorporated into the area of the new hall of residence. These include:
- Traversing walls elevated onto the end of accommodation blocks up to 3m high with a number of different handholds to suit different training and development levels.
- An additional boulder wall with challenging routes and a soft surface ground for users to try out, whether they are beginners or more advanced.
- An active courtyard including a number of informal and relaxing areas to encourage engagement in sporting activity. These will be available year-round facilities and can also be used for social functions. Students will be able to relive their childhood with two adult playgrounds to include equipment such as swings, see-saws and climbing nets. There will also be a ball games area and a fitness wall for other recreational activities.
- Outdoor furniture such as sofas, benches and dining areas. These will be placed around sunny leisure zones to create more inviting places for people to sit and socialise, hold a work meeting or just to relax.
- Two permanent barbeque grills placed onto raised workspaces to encourage dining alfresco and social engagement.
- Informal and gentle exercise stations and stretching zones. These will be placed with allocated space for boot camps and appropriate equipment for all to enjoy.
- A running track circuit surrounding the residential buildings to encourage fitness participation at a level to suit the individual.
- Lockable and external plug sockets within all of the study and social spaces so students, staff and visitors are able to charge their devices easily and efficiently.
- Wi-Fi with USB charging points available on and around the furniture and facilities.
- Plants and greenery to help protect and provide habitats for high priority species such as the Black Hairstreak butterfly.
- Green and brown roof systems to provide natural food sources and homes for a number of species which will increase biodiversity on the campus.