Topping Out Ceremony For Henry Brothers £9m Sustainable Development

A topping out ceremony has taken place to celebrate the latest milestone in the creation of a £9 million sustainable pavilion, being built by one of Northern Ireland’s leading construction companies, Henry Brothers, to expand SportPark, the multi award-winning development at Loughborough University.

The 2000 sq m project on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) is being built to Passivhaus Classic Accreditation to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and is scheduled for completion at the end of the year.

Pictured (l-r) are Mike Caine  (Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Sport, Loughborough University), Paul Moss (Head of Education, UK Anti Doping), Andy Reed OBE (Interim Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Board of Directors), Richard Wheater (Performance and Development Director, Loughborough University) and Angelina Bassford (Head of Finance, UK Anti Doping)

As the first Passivhaus development on the University campus, SportPark Pavilion 4 will give sports organisations the unique opportunity to secure environmentally future-proof accommodation that is tailored to their needs.

It will also enable occupants to reduce their carbon footprint due 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 have hailed 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.”

Ian Taylor, Managing Director at Henry Brothers said: “SportPark Pavilion 4 is an exciting Passivhaus development which is supporting Loughborough University’s plans to decarbonise its estate to meet the Government’s zero carbon target by 2050.

“It also builds on Henry Brothers’ growing portfolio of environmentally sound schemes and we are very pleased to have reached this milestone in this important development for the University.”

Net Zero

Henry Brothers recently announced its Journey to Net Zero strategy, outlining plans to build upon its extensive foundations in sustainability. SportPark Pavilion 4 will project the University’s and Henry Brothers’forward thinking and environmentally conscious values, delivering significant benefits to its occupants.

Professor Mike Caine, Loughborough University Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Sport, said: “SportPark is a tremendous asset to the University and wider region – housing complementary organisations, working in partnership with the University, and harnessing the power of sport to benefit communities, locally, nationally, and around the world.”