Loughborough University refurbishment

The University of Loughborough refurbishment scheme created two high-quality buildings, with first-class learning, laboratory and research facilities.

Loughborough University wanted to refurbish two 1960s buildings in the West Park area of the campus, to provide facilities that support expansion of their range of courses and enhance research capability.

The internal upgrade has created 17,000m2 of airy, modern space over three floors, with state-of-the-art equipment, first-class teaching and learning facilities, and attractive breakout spaces.

Facilities include:

  • lecture theatres
  • labs
  • study areas
  • refreshment venues and kitchens
  • offices
  • new entranceway

Appointed as cost managers, Employer’s Agent, and BREEAM co-ordinator, Faithful+Gould supported the university in successfully completing the two-and-a-half-year project while the buildings remaining occupied, minimising disruption to staff and students.

Liaising with the end users at inception stage was paramount to project success, to ensure the optimum environments were formed, successfully equipping each school to fulfil its future plans.

Our team implemented careful scheduling alongside exemplary health & safety management, to protect the student experience and the working environment. Both procurement and the refurbishment works were undertaken in two phases to ensure that comfortable occupancy was maintained, and that the effects on the logistically challenging site were minimised.

Prudent cost management resulted in underspend of £700k on the project. We worked with the university to create a tailor-made cost reporting system that fed directly into the university’s internal finance sheets and developed reports for their internal project management boards.

Sustainability was a challenge, as the buildings had many highly serviced areas and needed a complex M&E overhaul. Nonetheless, it was possible to design in accordance with BREEAM principles in order to reduce ongoing energy consumption, while still applying judicious cost management.

The £42m scheme has been very positively received, transforming the learning and working environment, providing greater opportunities for networking, and enabling the needs of today’s students and wider academic community to be met.

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