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Topping Out Ceremony as SportPark Expansion Nears Completion


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A Topping Out ceremony has taken place today to celebrate the latest milestone in the creation of a 2,000 sq m four-storey fourth pavilion to expand SportPark, the multi award-winning office development on Loughborough University campus.

SportPark Pavilion 4 marks the eighth built project David Morley Architects have co-created with Loughborough University, and is being built to Passivhaus Classic Accreditation to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

The £9M project on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) is scheduled for completion at the end of the year.

The first Passivhaus development on the University campus, SportPark Pavilion 4 provides the capacity to welcome more mission-driven organisations to the university, presenting them with the unique opportunity to secure environmentally future-proof accommodation, tailored to their needs in the active landscape that brings workplace, health and wellness together.

It will enable occupants to reduce their carbon footprint thanks to highly efficient heat pumps, opening triple-glazed windows, solar shading to avoid summer overheating as well as a well-insulated building fabric to minimise heat loss.

Passivhaus consultants Beyond Carbon Associates hail the development as “an exciting, future-facing building, treading lightly on our planet’s resources using Passivhaus energy conservation, solar PV and a climate resilient design to manage future heat waves.”

Loughborough University is fully committed to decarbonising its estate to meet the Government’s zero carbon target by 2050, with considerable progress by 2040. SportPark Pavilion 4 will project the University’s forward looking, environmentally conscious values, delivering significant benefits to its occupants.

It was brilliant to spend the morning with other representatives from the SportPark Pavilion 4 project team, Loughborough University, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, and UK Anti-Doping. The oak tree pictured will be planted in the grounds of SportPark, adding to the established native species of tree and hedgerow.

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