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Loughborough receives international recognition for pioneering building project

A landmark building scheme has scooped a prestigious global award at a virtual ceremony.

Loughborough University and Leicestershire County Council were given the accolade for a pioneering 100,000 sq ft office project at Loughborough Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP).

The NEC award, which recognises excellence in how building contracts are run across the globe, has been given in previous years to schemes as far-flung as Peru and New Zealand.

This year, the scheme fought off tough competition from other shortlisted entries including a new development at Hong Kong airport.

The council worked in partnership with Loughborough University to create the new building which is leased to tech giant, The Access Group. It is thought to be the largest, single-occupier office deal in the county this century.

From inception to completion, the office at LUSEP, was completed in under four years with work continuing safely through the pandemic. The Access group’s new offices will create 500 new jobs based in Loughborough.

Professor Malcolm Cook, LUSEP Lead, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award for the latest addition to our growing Science Park.

“The Armstrong Building occupies a prominent position on our Science and Enterprise Park, exemplifying both the strategic growth in our eco-system which encompasses the University and LUSEP, and the collaboration we enjoy with successful businesses such as Access Group. We look forward to continuing to grow this relationship”.

The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-sized organisations, has more than 35,000 customers across commercial and not-for-profit sectors Founded in 1991, Access employs more than 3000 staff with a significant number based in the Midlands.

Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “This award is a phenomenal achievement.

“To be recognised here in Leicestershire on a global stage for excellence in delivering large scale projects and working with partners is an honour and a testament to the hard work put in.

“We are investing in property across the county, and this deal alone generating £1.6m a year in revenue which goes directly towards supporting vital front-line council services.”

Previous winners of this award include the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games Venues in Lima, Peru, Perth Transport Futures Project, Scotland and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton, New Zealand.


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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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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