Work be­gins on stu­dent vil­lage

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Me­gan Cox me­gan.cox@trin­i­tymir­

WORK started last month on the new 661-bed stu­dent vil­lage at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity - and now the Echo has been given a glimpse of what it will look like.

Lead­ing project and cost man­age­ment con­sul­tancy Faith­ful+Gould is man­ag­ing the scheme which will see 617 new stu­dent beds de­liv­ered across nine blocks along with a cen­tral so­cial ‘Hub’ build­ing at its heart for in­for­mal meet­ing and flex­i­ble learn­ing.

The Echo was told the star at­trac­tion will be the 44-bed Elite Ath­lete Cen­tre Ho­tel, where 20 bed­rooms will in­cor­po­rate a unique pres­surised air sys­tem to repli­cate high al­ti­tude/low oxy­gen con­di­tions.

This aims to as­sist ath­letes’ train­ing regimes and re­in­force Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity’s global po­si­tion in at­tract­ing and de­vel­op­ing the world’s best ath­letes.

A fur­ther fea­ture of the de­vel­op­ment will be the in­no­va­tive “ac­tive land­scap­ing”.

De­signed to pro­mote res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to chal­lenge them­selves phys­i­cally and move more us­ing land­scape fea­tures, the com­mu­nal ex­ter­nal ar­eas will en­cour­age peo­ple to en­gage in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties such as sprint­ing, step chal­lenges, ta­ble ten­nis, balanc­ing skills and jump­ing.

Tom Wall­bank, Faith­ful+Gould’s head of cost man­age­ment for the East Mid­lands and ac­count di­rec­tor for Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, said: “This is a very in­no­va­tive and im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment for the univer­sity that we’re de­lighted to be in­volved.”

The Elite Ath­lete Cen­tre and two of the stu­dent blocks are sched­uled for com­ple­tion by Au­gust 2018.

The re­main­ing blocks and de­vel­op­ment are set to be com­pleted by April 2019.

Pic­tured is a com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of the 661-bed stu­dent vil­lage at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

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