Completion of Loughborough University’s New Halls of Residence

Tom Wallbank
Practical completion has been reached on Loughborough University’s largest ever development, a 617 bed halls of residence, student hub and elite athlete centre & hotel.

The scheme delivered the new student beds across nine blocks along with a central social “Hub” building at its heart for informal meeting and flexible learning.

The star attraction however is the 44-bed Elite Athlete Centre Hotel, where 20 bedrooms incorporate a unique pressurised air system to replicate high altitude / low oxygen conditions. This aims to assist athletes’ training regimes and reinforces Loughborough University’s global position in attracting and developing the world’s best athletes.

The East Midlands’ office of SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business provided both employers agent and cost management services on the £45 million scheme.  We began work on the project in the pre-construction phase over three years ago, working closely with Loughborough University to bring the design team together, develop the design, procure a contractor and manage the construction.

The project was successfully handed over on time and under budget.

Tom Wallbank, regional director and project lead for Faithful+Gould commented: “It has been a great team effort from start to finish. From working closely with the consultant team of David Morley Architects, Axis Consult, GVA, Curtins and Colour Landscaping, through to the contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and their team. Throughout this period our relationship with the client has continued to evolve, and all parties are delighted with both how the development has been delivered and the quality of accommodation provided.”

The development which will be known as the Claudia Parsons Halls of Residence, named after an English engineer, traveller and Alumna of Loughborough University, will formally be opened at a ceremony on Wednesday 19th June.

To coincide with the practical completion and opening ceremony, members of the consultant and client team including our own Tom Wallbank successfully completed the L2L cycle challenge.

The gruelling 200km route, which started started at Loughborough’s London base at the Olympic Park, Stratford, and ended at the Elite Athlete centre on their main Leicestershire campus, saw the team once again pulling together to combat both the weather and fatigue to complete the journey which many Olympic athletes will take to arrive at the unique facilities this development has added to the University’s already world-renowned campus.

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