Construction completes at £22m Loughborough commercial park
28 January, 2021
We are delighted to announce the recent completion of £22m worth of works at the Loughborough University Science Enterprise Park (LUSEP) for Leicestershire County Council, creating the largest new build office facility in Leicestershire in the last 20 years.
Situated near to Holywell Way in Loughborough, LUSEP is a new build commercial development providing 80,000m² of Category A office space spread over three floors, which will see a revenue of £1.6m a year to support crucial front-line county council services.
Built on land owned by Loughborough University, this development forms part of Leicestershire County Council’s ambitions to develop its estate to help provide long-term financial benefits for the region, including the creation of up to 500 jobs. The site has already found a tenant, with global business software firm The Access Group leasing the site for its new UK headquarters.
Adrian Ceney, partner at Pick Everard, said: “We are delighted to see this fantastic new office facility complete on time and on budget. While the building has a specific occupier, flexibility was key to allow a range of potential future occupiers and a high degree of future proofing. The development is to be attractive and competitive, when judged against comparable local schemes, in terms of specification, parking and rental costs.”
Operating under Perfect Circle’s unique collaboration, and in conjunction with national contractor Wates Construction, we provided project management, quantity surveying, principal designer, landscape design, civil engineering, structural engineering, sustainability consultancy, NEC supervision, and mechanical and electrical engineering services for the project, which has been accelerated by SCAPE Consultancy.
Discussing the solutions delivered for challenging site conditions, Oliver Hatton, project manager at Pick Everard, said: “The site’s previous use as farmland had resulted in a significant depth of topsoil, and ground conditions adjacent to the existing watercourse were poor. This meant that extensive earthworks were required to create a suitably sized plateau for the new building. An innovative ground stabilisation technique was used, previously limited in the UK to highway works only, which was capable of treating a far wider range of existing ground conditions than the alternatives. This approach resulted in a significant reduction in the volume of material that had to be taken off site, and less imported fill.”
The building has an EPA A rating and is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’, with the site providing numerous environmental benefits and sustainable energy initiatives, including solar panels, LED lighting and EV charging points.
Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “This underlines the strength of Leicestershire as a great place to do business, as well as the county council’s place at the forefront of the drive for growth and innovation. It also cements Loughborough’s growing global reputation as a business and innovation centre and shows that Leicestershire is truly open for business.
“Our approach of building new workspaces is creating jobs and boosting the local economy, which is vital in securing a good recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and critically, it means that we can invest more into services such as maintaining our roads and supporting vulnerable people.”
Victoria Brambini, managing director at Perfect Circle, said: “We’re delighted to see such a successful technology firm taking up their new premises in the county. The engagement of Perfect Circle at the earliest stage of planning and design, right through into project and cost management of the construction, allowed the county council and Loughborough University to de-risk the project and deliver better outcomes – as is the aim with all SCAPE projects.”