Loughborough university’s £9m SportPark expansion opens

SportParks expansion

SportPark Pavilion 4, an expansion project worth £9m at Loughborough University, has officially opened.

Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport and a British Olympian officially opened the building last week.

SportPark Pavilion 4 was designed by David Morley Architects, and constructed by Henry Brothers Construction.

This investment has led to job creation and attracted more sports organisations to establish themselves in Loughborough.

The project is supported by the LLEP as part of the Getting Building Fund.

The LLEP received £20m, with £6m directed towards the SportPark expansion.

Additional funding comes from the University’s Healthy and Innovative Loughborough project, which received £2.5m from the Government’s Towns Fund through Loughborough Town Deal.

Alex Owen, chief financial officer of Loughborough University and executive lead for the development of LUSEP, said: “SportPark Pavilion 4 has been superb team effort which sets the benchmark for the sustainable development of the University campus. SportPark’s expansion will further strengthen the vibrant ecosystem, enabling us to welcome even more sports organisations and businesses seeking to collaborate with LUSEP’s wider innovation community, the University’s world-leading sport-related research capabilities, facilities, performance base and living lab of athletes.

And together, we can drive forward new research in the University’s strategic theme areas, sport, health and wellbeing, vibrant and inclusive communities and climate change and net zero.”

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, chair of Loughborough Town Deal Board, said: “Loughborough is synonymous with elite sport and that’s why the Town Deal Board was keen to support this project.

“SportPark is an outstanding asset to have in the town and it brings many benefits to the local economy and communities. The Town Deal Board is already delivering for Loughborough, and this is another outstanding project which has brought investment into the area.”