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University awards contract for new elite sports accommodation

University awards contract for new elite sports accommodation

Loughborough University has a hard-won but justified reputation as the leading British university for aspiring sports men and women - and a new construction project will help it continue to be a centre of excellence.

Bowmer and Kirkman has won the £44 million contract to build a new 600-room student accommodation development at the university. It will be located on the site of several existing buildings, which will be demolished, and finished in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

The new block will feature up to 70 rooms specifically tailored to meet the needs of athletes, and 40 for elite athletes. 

It represents an investment in the future for a university with a list of famous alumni dominated by big sporting names.

This includes leading names like former Crewe Alexandra football coach Dario Gradi, under whose tutelage the small Cheshire club produced several England players, and England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward. World-beating athletes like Lord Sebastian Coe, Steve Backley and Paula Radcliffe were also Loughborough graduates, while others include paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and Arsenal's 1971 double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

While Loughborough seeks to bolster its sporting credentials, the University of Swansea is simply looking to expand, with its new Bay campus about to move into Phase 2 of development.

The contract to build the new Student Precinct and Student Activity Centre has been awarded to Kier construction. This student facility will include new accommodation, supplementing the 500 student rooms completed on the campus this summer. 

Discussing the project, operations director for Kier Construction Western and Wales Jason Taylor said: "The development will also bring employment and career opportunities for the people of Swansea and South Wales now and in the long-term future."

The scheme comes at a time when the city council has been planning extensive new developments in the areas stretching from the city centre to the bay.

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