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Henry Brothers starts work on £9m sustainable development at Loughborough University

Nov 9, 2021

Contractor Henry Brothers has been appointed to build a new £9m fourth pavilion to expand SportPark at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.

The four-storey SportPark Pavilion 4 will be the first Passivhaus development on the university campus – helping Loughborough University to decarbonise its estate to meet the Government’s zero carbon target by 2050, with significant progress by 2040.

This is the latest in a number of projects delivered by Henry Brothers for the university and builds on the company’s portfolio of sustainable developments.

Managing director of Henry Brothers Midlands, Ian Taylor, said: “We are excited to continue our successful on-going relationship with Loughborough University – helping to upgrade campus facilities and deliver new projects.

“As a Passivhaus development, SportPark Pavilion 4 builds on Henry Brothers’ growing portfolio of environmentally sound schemes and will be a fantastic addition to Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.”

Previously, Nottingham-based Henry Brothers Midlands has delivered the STEMLab, Towers Dining Hall and a £30m refurbishment of the W and S buildings on the Loughborough University campus.

The 2,000 sq m SportPark Pavilion 4, scheduled for completion in winter 2022, presents sports organisations with the unique opportunity to secure environmentally future-proof accommodation, tailored to their needs. It will enable occupants to reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs thanks to highly 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 increase by 25% the floorspace of the five-storey building which currently houses the UK’s highest concentration of sports governing bodies and national sports organisations. SportPark Pavilion 4 will directly support 165 jobs with an additional 157 induced jobs in the wider economy, stimulating further demand to bring sports related organisations and businesses to the region.

The development is one of four key infrastructure projects to be delivered by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of the Getting Building Fund. Projects were chosen based on their impact on the region’s economic growth, both in the short and long-term, and their strategic fit to current economic priorities.

Professor Mike Caine, Loughborough University Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Sport, said: “SportPark is a tremendous asset to the University and wider region – housing, as it does, complementary organisations, working in collaboration with the University, and harnessing the power of sport to benefit communities, locally, nationally, and around the world. SportPark Pavilion 4 will provide the capacity to welcome yet more mission-driven organisations to the University, and to further anchor the region as an internationally important Sports Innovation Hub.

“The SportPark expansion coincides with a growing number of innovation and technology-led sports businesses launching at, or relocating to, LUSEP, attracted to the collaborative environment and access to the University’s world-leading expertise in sports science, engineering, health and well-being, high-performance athlete base, and sports infrastructure.”

LUSEP is already one of the most accessible science parks in the UK, located one mile from Junction 23 of the M1. The recently completed £25m road improvements will ultimately create a further access point, even closer to the M1. This is particularly welcome news as LUSEP’s expansion continues, as part of the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone.”

Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors, said: “We are delighted to see the construction of Pavilion 4 at SportPark commence. Our £6m Getting Building Fund investment will create a state-of-the-art facility, attracting more sport-related businesses to Leicestershire and generating further jobs in this expanding sector.

“Our sector research shows the sports sector has the potential to deliver £100m of growth by 2030. The low carbon Passivhaus design of the building will make a valuable contribution to reducing CO2 emissions for Leicestershire, too.”

For further details of SportPark Pavilion 4, please visit www.lusep.co.uk/sportpark-pavilion4

Henry Brothers Midlands, based at Priory Court, Derby Road, Beeston, is part of The Henry Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector companies, ranging from external construction through to interiors fit-out. In partnership with clients, it has a proven track record in education, defence, accommodation, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare sectors.

In addition to schemes undertaken at Loughborough University, its portfolio of higher education work in the East Midlands and beyond includes a number of projects at Nottingham Trent University, including the new £9m Dryden Enterprise Centre, a £23m engineering facility and the Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF), along with a new research facility at the University of Lincoln and a carbon neutral nursery and forest school for Staffordshire University.

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