LUSEP gains international acclaim with NEC award win
30 June, 2021
Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP), the largest new build office facility in Leicestershire in the past 20 years, has received international acclaim after being named Building Project of the Year 2021 at the NEC Awards virtual ceremony held last week.
The NEC Awards recognise excellence in project delivery and showcase examples of good practice through collaboration from across the world. LUSEP was eligible for the award as it was delivered under an NEC contract and displayed many examples of the benefits that they enable.
Completed in January this year, the £22m development is built on land owned by Loughborough University and provides 100,000ft² of Category A office space spread over three floors – helping Leicestershire County Council (LCC) fulfil its ambitions to develop its estate and provide long-term financial benefits for the region.
Operating under Perfect Circle‘s unique collaboration, and in conjunction with national contractor Wates Construction, we were appointed by LCC to deliver project management, quantity surveying, principal design, landscape design, civil engineering, structural engineering, sustainability consultancy, NEC supervision, and mechanical and electrical engineering services for the project, Appointed through the Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) Frameworks operated by Scape, enabling fast and efficient commissioning.
Matt Hall, National Director at Pick Everard, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this award and to be setting the benchmark for industry standards of best practice and outcomes for clients. Faced with the affects of Covid-19 and the changing nature of construction delivery we worked together with Wates and LCC to overcome the challenges and deliver an outstanding facility.
“We adopted a one-team approach between key stakeholders for this scheme, creating a truly collaborative and expert team – something that the NEC suite of contracts has at its heart. The success of the project has absolutely been down to the delivery team and an excellent client lead. The facility was also completed on budget and on time, another satisfying accomplishment for all parties that couldn’t have been achieved without the close collaboration throughout the four-year project.”
The building has an EPA A rating and is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’, with the site providing numerous environmental and sustainability energy initiatives, including solar panels, LED lighting and EV charging points.
The development forms part of LCC’s wider plan to develop its property portfolio, creating up to 500 new jobs. With The Access Group – a leading global business software firm – already leasing the site for its new UK headquarters, the site is already bringing long-term benefits to the region.