The centre is aimed at attracting some of the UK’s brightest sporting talent, between the ages of 16 and 18, to the town, and the new student accommodation block will provide the college with extra capacity to meet ever growing demand for places.
The Elite Athlete Performance Centre will be based within the college’s existing Gables complex, housed within a mid-nineteenth century locally listed three-storey townhouse. Currently used as student accommodation, ISG will strip out and reconfigure the building to create the new state-of-the-art facility, which will include communal areas and 18 high specification en-suite bedrooms. The fabric of the structure will also be sensitively repaired and restored as part of the scheme, with masonry, roof and window repairs carried out by traditional craftsmen.
The new build element of the project sees ISG demolish the existing lodge to The Gables and erect a three-storey timber framed structure housing 70 en-suite student bedrooms. Designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding built environment, the accommodation block will feature brick, render and cedar cladding to its façade, with the project scheduled for completion in spring 2012.
Jonathan Kell, ISG’s Midlands managing director, commented: "Loughborough College aims to address the gap in support for some of the country’s most promising young athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 with the Elite Athlete Performance Centre. On site facilities are extremely impressive and I’m confident that the performance centre and the new student accommodation block will further enhance the reputation of Loughborough College as a centre of sporting and educational excellence.”