Loughborough Echo

Work begins at SportPark


WORK has begun to expand SportPark at Loughborou­gh University Science and Enterprise Park.

Scheduled for completion next winter 2022, the £9 million Pavilion 4 project aims to give sports organisati­ons an opportunit­y to “secure environmen­tally future-proof accommodat­ion”.

It features efficient heat pumps, opening triple-glazed windows for natural ventilatio­n, solar shading to avoid summer overheatin­g and continuous and well-insulated building fabric to minimise heat loss.

The project will directly support 165 jobs with an estimated 157 more in the wider economy.

Professor Mike Caine, pro vice-chancellor sport, said: “SportPark is a tremendous asset to the university and wider region.”

Kevin Harris, chairman of Leicester and Leicesters­hire Enterprise Partnershi­p board of directors, said: “Our research shows the sports sector has the potential to deliver £100 million of growth by 2030.

“The low-carbon design of the building will make a valuable contributi­on to reducing

CO2 emissions for Leicesters­hire, too.”

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