Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, managed the development on behalf of the University and operator Imago, providing both employers agent and cost management duties to deliver the project on time and within budget.
“This is a very innovative and important development for the University and we’re delighted to see it through to completion,” said Tom Wallbank, account director for Loughborough University at SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business. He added: “We have a long-standing relationship with the University and this flagship development has allowed us to continue that journey of delivering successful schemes together.”
Designed by David Morley Architects and built by Bowmer & Kirkland, the venue is the first and only hotel in the UK to contain bedrooms that incorporate a unique pressurised air system, which can replicate high altitude / low oxygen conditions to assist athletes’ training regimes. Athletes are able to adjust the climatic conditions, to create environments that simulate altitudes of up to 5,000m (the equivalent of Everest base camp) while being able to maintain their regular low-altitude training programmes.
The completion of this facility reinforces Loughborough University’s global position in attracting and developing the world’s best athletes. Bookings are now being taken and the first residents have already been enjoying the unique facilities the centre has to offer.
Peter Goldsworthy, projects portfolio manager at Loughborough University said, “Loughborough University is continuing to play a fundamental role in the development of elite sport. Faithful+Gould has been integral to the successful delivery of this exceptional build project, performing the duties of cost manager and employers agent. With this expert guidance the University have gained a truly unique facility.”
Faithful+Gould is also managing the development of an additional 617 new student beds across 10 blocks at Loughborough University, along with a central social Hub building at its heart for informal meeting and flexible learning. Three of these blocks have been completed, with the remaining development due for completion in 2019.