The building itself is nearing completion. Solar panels have now been installed, external paving and landscaping is complete and internal work is continuing, whilst ensuring government guidelines regarding safe working are adhered to.
This pioneering venture will generate £1.6million per year for frontline Leicestershire County Council services and create more than 500 new jobs.
Councillor Byron Rhodes, Cabinet member for Finance and Resources, said: “Work has been carried out safely and within government guidance during this coronavirus pandemic. I’m delighted that these unprecedented times have not had a huge impact on the scheme, which is testament to the extraordinary efforts and collaborative approach adopted by the project team.
“Our approach of building new workspaces is creating hundreds of jobs and boosting the economy. Crucially, it means we can invest more into services such as maintaining our roads and supporting vulnerable people.”
Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) at Loughborough University, said: “This prestigious new build at the heart of Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone reinforces LUSEP’s potential to attract major investment and boost employment.
“As one of the UK’s top employers and innovators and a Tech Unicorn – valued at $1 billion – Access’ continued expansion at LUSEP is excellent news. The future for collaboration with the University and LUSEP’s community of over 90 start-ups to established businesses looks very exciting.”
Jon Jorgensen, Chief Sales Officer at The Access Group, said: “Access employs more than 2,700 people in total with more than a third based in the Midlands. We can’t wait to expand our base in Loughborough – it’s a great location with access to really skilled people from the University and the surrounding area.”
The project is being delivered by Wates Construction through Major Works UK, part of the Scape National Construction framework.
John Carlin, Regional Managing Director at Wates Construction Midlands, said: “While the pandemic has undoubtedly thrown up some tough challenges during the construction process, not least ensuring rigorous safety and social distancing measures at all times, our agile working practices and sector experience have allowed us to keep the project firmly on track.
“The scheme will be transformational not just for Loughborough, but for the wider East Midlands. Projects such as these will be critical in helping the region grow, further positioning Britain into a global leader for science and innovation.”